CRIME

Indiana to pay family $25M in child death lawsuit

Indiana officials have agreed to pay $25 million to a couple who was wrongfully accused in the death of their 14-year-old daughter.

The lawsuit filed by the Jessica Salyer's family was dismissed Wednesday after the settlement was reached.

Court documents allege the state Department of Child Services pursued a neglect case against her parents, Roman and Lynnette Finnegan, despite an investigation that showed Jessica died in 2005 from taking prescribed medications that had a fatal interaction.

The Finnegans were arrested, but the charges were later dropped. They then sued three of the department's workers, an Indiana State Police detective and a doctor in 2008.

A jury sided with the family in 2015, finding that officials sabotaged investigations into Jessica's death and awarded the family $31 million. The Indiana Attorney General's Office appealed the verdict last year.