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Children sue day care owner, state agencies over sex abuse

The representatives of three children who attended a Polk County daycare are suing the daycare owner, their abuser, the Oregon Department of Education, and the Oregon Department of Human Services for $5.1 million over sexual abuse.

Posted: May 23, 2020 9:35 AM
Updated: May 23, 2020 9:38 AM

SALEM, Ore. (AP)--The representatives of three children who attended a Polk County daycare are suing the daycare owner, their abuser, the Oregon Department of Education, and the Oregon Department of Human Services for $5.1 million over sexual abuse.

The Statesman Journal reports the children attended the now-closed Stinky Feet Childcare in Independence owned by Ceola Harden.

Harden's son, Quinlyn Harden, was convicted of raping and sexually abusing five children at the daycare and sentenced to 54 years in prison last year.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses the state agencies of failing to investigate sexual abuse reports involving Quinlyn Harden. Officials with the state agencies declined to comment on the lawsuit, citing the pending litigation.

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