Seattle foster children fed ‘dog food burritos’ get $6M from state
Washington Department Social and Human Resources will pay nearly $6 million to four former foster children who were sent to the home of a Seattle couple, even after the state had revoked their license.
KIRO 7 News reported on the case nearly two years ago when allegations came forward about Tracy and Henry Robinson sexually abusing children sent to live with them. Claims were also made that children were forced to sleep outside with the family dog as punishment and were fed dog food burritos.
“When she would come out in the morning and see me sleep, she would grab me by my hair and she would tell me only one ‘B’ gets to sleep and that’s my dog,” one of the victims told KIRO 7.
“They used to wrap Alpo in tortillas and feed it to us,” another victim said.
The victims’ attorney told KIRO 7 News that counselors with the foster program never did anything for the children. A lawsuit was filed against DSHS and Sound Mental Health in 2016, and recently the former foster children reached a settlement with DSHS .
On KIRO 7 live at 7 p.m., Deborah Horne talks to one of the former foster children, who’s now an adult, and hears about the “house of horrors.” We are also learning this may not be the end of this case against the state. Watch her report on-air or online here.
The women KIRO 7 News talked to say their foster parents told them, “No one will ever believe you.”
And for a long time, that seemed to be true, but now they will have their day in court.