[SIZE=+2]$22 million claim filed against state in case of starved boy [/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]02:19 PM PST on Thursday, December 20, 2007 http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_122007WAB_abegg_lawsuit_LJ.34b5c027.html [/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]By SUSANNAH FRAME / KING 5 News[/SIZE] SEATTLE - KING 5 News has learned that a $22 million claim has just been filed against the State of Washington for allegedly failing a little boy who nearly starved to death in Snohomish County. The claim comes just one day after the boy’s father and his girlfriend were convicted by a Snohomish County judge of criminal mistreatment in the case. KING When Shayne was rescued, he weighed half of what he should weigh. Shayne Abegg, who at the time was 4 1/2 years old, weighed approximately 22 pounds when Snohomish County deputies rescued him from his father’s Everett apartment in March of this year. A child that age should weigh twice that amount. Deputies have reported that Shayne could barely walk when they arrived. He was rushed to the hospital in critical condition, suffering from malnutrition and hypothermia due to his complete lack of body fat. Danny Abegg, Shayne’s father, told detectives he withheld food from his son as a form of punishment. The claim, filed Thursday morning by Seattle attorney David P. Moody, of Hagens, Berman, Sobol, Shapiro, who specializes in cases of abuse and neglect, says the state missed the pattern of abuse that led to they boy’s near starvation. “Time and again, DSHS received warnings that this little boy was being starved and neglected,” said Moody. “This claim holds DSHS accountable for its unwillingness to do the job it was being paid to perform.” Just last week KING 5 was the first to report that the state itself was critical of the way state social workers and their supervisors handled this case. In an Executive Review of the Abegg Case authored by child abuse experts from inside and outside DSHS, the experts wrote that “The pattern of abuse was missed by the department,” and that “The department missed several opportunities for more intensive intervention.” Moody said, “The Executive Report is detailed an unvarnished. DSHS admits that it failed to protect Shayne. The public should be outraged.” Shayne Abegg is living in the area in a safe environment.