DCS settles suit in foster child's death


The Indiana Department of Child Services has settled its part of a lawsuit involving the death of a 16-month-old girl while she was in foster care.

The lawyer for Alissa B. Guernsey's mother told the South Bend Tribune that the agency has agreed to pay $150,000 to Kelli Sprunger for its alleged role in her daughter's March 2009 death.

DCS spokeswoman Stephanie McFarland told The Associated Press on Saturday that a settlement had been signed but the paperwork hasn't been finalized. She says the settlement doesn't admit any fault.

The 2010 lawsuit claims the child died from unexplained injuries after the DCS placed her with Sprunger's cousin and her family.

Sprunger's cousin was later convicted of neglect and served 77 days of a four-year sentence.