Former foster children sue state over Tacoma 'house of horrors'

Tacoma News TribuneAugust 24, 2011 

Four former foster children who allegedly suffered horrible abuse at the hands of their state-appointed guardians filed suit Tuesday against the state of Washington.

The plaintiffs, all now adults living in Tacoma, allege social workers were negligent in issuing a foster-care license to Jose and Juanita Miranda and then not heeding multiple reports that they were mistreating children under their care.

The lawsuit also names 21 current or former state employees as defendants.

“This is a case in which children were sexually, physically and psychologically terrorized for the pleasure and profit of their foster-care parents,” said plaintiffs’ attorney, Jeremy Johnston of the firm Messina Bulzomi Christensen.

“It was not a home. It was a house of horrors.”

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