On April 28, 2001, authorities found the horrifically mutilated and decapitated body of 'Precious Doe' in Kansas City, Missouri. In 2010, the girl's father filed suit against the Oklahoma Department of Human Services, the state Department of Corrections, and the University of Oklahoma Medical Center, blaming the various officials for the girl's murder.
Precious Doe was born to an incarcerated mother in the Oklahoma University Medical Center in 1997. She first lived with a family friend, then her biological mother Michelle Johnson, and finally her mother's boyfriend Harrell Johnson. According to authorities, Harrell Johnson killed the girl by kicking her in the head.
Through the lawsuit, Larry Green sought compensatory and punitive damages. His attorney also emphasized that the lawsuit was about encouraging the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, as well as DHS, to reconsider their practices when children are born to incarcerated women. The Oklahoma Department of Corrections referred to the lawsuit as "frivolous."
It has recently been reported that the lawsuit has finally settled. Under the settlement, Larry Green will receive an unspecified payment, and the three named entities will have to develop procedures to ensure that babies born to incarcerated women are reported to DHS and thereafter placed in a safe home.