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N. Idaho couple in girl’s death still jailed

Samantha Moore, of Coeur d’Alene, talks in March 2009 about the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Karina, pictured at far left. (SRPhoto/Kathly Plonka)

Post Falls police arrested a Post Falls couple in the January 2009 death of 2-year-old Karina Janay Moore, who was fatally injured while in the couple’s foster care.

Jeremy and Amber Clark were booked into Kootenai County Jail on Thursday on charges of injury to a child, conspiracy and perjury, according to a jail official.

The case has been sealed by a judge until the Clarks’ first court appearance, according to Kootenai County Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh.

Read the rest of Kevin Graman's story here.

Past coverage:

March 15, 2009: Karina's mother seeking justice

Girl’s death in foster care prompts suit

The state of Idaho is responsible for the death of a Post Falls toddler, according to a lawsuit filed in federal court.

Karina Janay Moore was 2 when she died Jan. 16, 2009, from injuries sustained 10 days earlier in her Post Falls foster home. 

According to police, her foster mother said the little girl fell down a flight of carpeted stairs. However, the Spokane County medical examiner ruled the death a homicide due to “blunt force” head trauma. 

Now Karina’s estate – including her biological mother, Samantha Richardson (right), her maternal grandmother, Karin Rogers, and her two siblings – is suing the state Department of Health and Welfare, two state employees, and the foster parents, Jeremy and Amber Clark.

The case was filed Dec. 30 in federal court. Roland Watson, Richardson’s attorney, said he also filed the case in state court because the claims fall into different jurisdictions.

“A child died and the explanations are just not believable,” Watson said. “I’m more than willing to take that in front of a jury.”

Read the rest of Alison Boggs' story here.

Past coverage:

March 15, 2009: Girl's mother seeks justice

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