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Attorney: DCS settles suit in Ind. child's death

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — An attorney says the Indiana Department of Child Services has tentatively settled its part of a lawsuit involving the death of a 16-month-old girl while she was in foster care.

The lawyer for Alissa B. Guernsey's mother tells the South Bend Tribune that the agency has agreed to pay $150,000 to Kelli Sprunger for its alleged role in her daughter's March 2009 death.

DCS spokeswoman Stephanie McFarland tells the Tribune that settlement documents haven't been finalized, and a settlement doesn't acknowledge fault.

The 2010 lawsuit claims the child died from unexplained injuries after she was placed with Sprunger's cousin and her family by the DCS.

Sprunger's cousin was later convicted of neglect and sentenced to four years in prison. She was released after serving 77 days.