State pays $210,000 in death of foster child

12:11 PM, Feb. 17, 2012 | Written by Tim Evans |

While not admitting any liability or wrongdoing, the state quietly paid $210,000 recently to settle a lawsuit filed by the parents of Destiny Linden.

Back in 2008, we wrote about how the Indianapolis infant suffocated in a foster home where she was placed by the Indiana Department of Child Services. Destiny was placed in the home at the same time an advocate was raising concerns about the care of children provided by foster parents Kim and Everett Coleman.

The Colemans “have their priorities very confused as it relates to the safety and well-being of foster children. All children should be removed from this home.”

From report submitted April 23, 2008, by Penny Guthrie, court-appointed advocate for other children placed by DCS in Coleman home. Report filed in court to support motion to remove children from the home. DCS placed Destiny in the home April 21; she was found unconscious April 24. Investigation revealed Everett Coleman may have waited 30 minutes to call for help after finding Destiny unconscious. She died April 29.

”After all the concerns I had shared with (DCS case manager) Amanda Hodges, I was always shocked that DCS kept placing more kids and even babies there.”

The state’s payout was part of a larger $400,000 settlement in Destiny’s death. The deal also appears to have involved The Villages and former DCS foster parents Kim and Everett Coleman.

The Star obtained the settlement agreement this week through a public records request filed with the office of the Indiana Attorney General.