State Accused of Placing Girl With Rapist

PORTLAND, Ore. (CN) – Oregon took a 5-year-old girl from her parents and placed her in foster care with her grandmother and her grandmother’s husband, who had twice been convicted of rape, and he raped her for 5 years until she reported it when she was 10, the girl, now a woman, claims in Multnomah County Court.

     The Department of Human Services removed B.D. from her parents’ home in 1993, and placed her in her grandmother’s home, according to the complaint.
     B.D. says David Purcell, her grandmother’s husband, was convicted of raping his 14-year-old daughter in 1980. In 1987, Purcell was convicted again, of rape and sodomy, charges B.D. says were “related to incest.”
     After the plaintiff reported the years of abuse she suffered, Purcell was convicted a third time, on charges of sexual molestation, according to the complaint. Purcell is still in prison from that conviction.
     The plaintiff demands $15.75 million for negligence and civil rights violations. She is represented by Kelly Clark with O’Donnell, Clark & Crew.

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