Napa Officials Agree To $5-Million Settlement In Death Of Tortured Girl

KCBS Radio Morning News
January 03, 2019 - 9:51 am

City and county officials in Napa will pay $5 million to the family of a 3-year-old girl who was tortured and killed by her mother and her mother's boyfriend in 2014. 

Napa city and county officials announced the settlement on Wednesday to a federal lawsuit from Kayleigh Slusher's father and grandparents alleging that police and child welfare workers improperly looked into evidence that the child had been mistreated. 

Kayleigh's remains were found in bed, but police concluded that her body had been put in a bag in the freezer beforehand, according to the Napa Valley Register. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to her head and body. 

Police acknowledge that they had gone to the girl's home twice in the days before her death to check on her. 

"The officers saw Kayleigh in her home, but observed no reason to believe that Kayleigh was the victim of physical abuse or neglect," said a statement from Napa city officials on Wednesday. "It seems clear now that Kayleigh’s murderers intentionally concealed her physical condition from the officers, in attempt to avoid police intervention."

Sara Krueger, Kayleigh's mother, and her boyfriend Ryan Warner were convicted in 2017 of first-degree murder and are serving life sentences. 

The settlement was reached in December but only revealed on Wednesday, 

Officials denied that personnel had done anything wrong, and said it was due to Krueger and Warner's deceit that led to Kayleigh's death. Still, Napa police implemented changes in the aftermath that seek to better handle child abuse cases.