Multi-million-dollar lawsuit filed by three foster children
Saturday, April 28, 2007 By Susannah Frame
SEATTLE - Three young girls just filed a multi-million-dollar lawsuit against Washington State,
saying CPS caseworkers didn't work hard enough to get them out of a foster home where they were raped,
fed drugs, and beaten. Now, for the first time, we're hearing from the 12-year-old girl, Monica,
left behind after CPS took her foster sisters out of the home. She's the most vulnerable of the three girls involved
in this horrific case. Complaints and warnings about her adoptive father, Enrique
Fabregas, span a 10-year period.
But after the older girls got out of his house, it took a year-and-a-half
and the Redmond Police Department to get Monica to safety. CPS had evidence, including a videotape of him putting
the toddler in dangerous places: a freezer, a washing machine, alongside a busy highway in a cow costume.
David P. Moody, with the law firm of Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro, represents Monica and her foster
sisters said, "It's unbelievable why DSHS (Department of Social and Health Services) then proceeded two
years later to license this man to care for young girls."
Despite a criminal history for drugs, theft, and assault and that strange
tape, the state gave Fabregas a foster license to care for Monica, by himself when she was four. Fabregas eventually adopted Monica, and took in two more foster girls: teenagers Estera and Ruth Tamas.
Teachers reported that they saw Fabregas kissing Monica like a girlfriend
at school. Estera reported that Fabregas had raped and fed her drugs since she was 12. Ruth reported
he slapped and hit her. Estera and the other teen were finally taken away from Fabregas after he refused to take a sexual
deviancy test. His foster license was revoked.
Yet Monica, the foster child he adopted, stayed behind. But even then, CPS forgot about
Monica, and allowed Monica to stay with this pedophile, and he sexual victimizer her for 16 additional
months. Redmond police confiscated hundreds of photos and videos of child pornography, and obscene images
of Fabregas posing in women's lingerie, some with guns. Police identified him having sex with two of his daughters in
the evidence. Enrique Fabregas is in the King County Jail, awaiting trial on charges of sex crimes.
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