The parents of a 13-year-old Utah girl who was shot and killed in Washington state in 2011 have filed a civil lawsuit against the government entities who were caring for Astrid Valdivia. She ran away from a foster care treatment home five days before she was fatally shot by the 31-year-old man with whom she left the state.
Astrid's parents, Gregorio Valdivia and Jacqueline Rimoloa, do not ask for a specific amount in the lawsuit filed last week in 2nd District Court. Named defendants in the case include the Utah Department of Human Services, Utah Youth Village, two therapists who treated the teenager, and two companies who provide ankle monitoring services for the state.
According to the lawsuit, Astrid's parents placed her in state custody after she left Utah in October 2010 with Anthony Allen Martinez. The teen was sent to the Utah Youth Village group home, and was ordered to wear an ankle monitor bracelet at all times.