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Parents of Cleveland girl, 14, who was kidnapped, raped and killed by registered sex offender receive $1 MILLION payout after school didn't tell them for 10 HOURS that she never showed up to class

Parents of slain Cleveland girl, 14, receive $1m settlement after sex offender raped and

  • The parents of Alianna DeFreeze filed the wrongful death suit in 2019, alleging the teen's school failed to notify the pair of her absence from class  
  • Donnesha Cooper and Damon DeFreeze claimed they didn't find out their daughter was absent from school until after the school day had finished 
  • The suit, which named the teen's school and the City of Cleveland as defendants, crucially argued school staff waited 10 hours to tell them the teen was missing
  • Alianna, 14, was abducted on January 27, 2017 as she walked towards her charter school on the city's southeast side, after getting off a school bus around 6 am
  • The teen was then spotted by 45-year-old Christopher Whitaker, a registered sex offender in the state of Ohio, who lured he away from the group, cops said
  • The morning of the crime, Alianna didn't show up for classes
  • Staffers noticed the teen's absence, the suit stated, but did not call until 4 pm
Alianna DeFreeze was abducted as she walked to school then tortured, raped and killed in Cleveland in January 2017

Alianna DeFreeze was abducted as she walked to school then tortured, raped and killed in Cleveland in January 2017

The family of a Cleveland girl who was tortured, raped and murdered by a registered sex offender on her way to school in 2017 has received a $1 million legal settlement after filing a lawsuit against the school and city. 

Damon DeFreeze and Donnesha Cooper filed the wrongful death suit in 2019 after their daughter, Alianna DeFreeze, was abducted on the way to school by  45-year-old Christopher Whitaker before being brutalized and killed. 

The charter school waited 10 hours before informing the parents that Alianna never arrived in class on January 27, 2017. Her mutilated body was found three days later in an abandoned home.

A Cuyahoga County Probate Court approved the $1 million payout in the wrongful death suit, according to records obtained Thursday by  local outlet Fox 8. 

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'Despite the incredible odds faced by Plaintiffs' counsel, they were able to convince the settling Defendants (who still assert that they have no legal responsibility for the death of Alianna) to resolve this matter for a total of $1million,' Attorney Allen Boseman wrote in the Thursday filing.

'This is a tremendous settlement based upon the facts and the current state of the law in the state of Ohio.'

Damon DeFreeze and Donnesha Cooper claimed they didn't find out their daughter was absent from school until after the school day had finished

Damon DeFreeze and Donnesha Cooper claimed they didn't find out their daughter was absent from school until after the school day had finished

Whitaker was convicted for Alianna's murder in 2018 and sentenced to death. Last October, the death row inmate appealed the sentence.

The family sued the City of Cleveland; the Cleveland Metropolitan School District; DeFreeze's school, E Prep and Village Prep Woodland Hills; and Friends of Breakthrough Schools, along with Whitaker and the man who owned the abandoned home where she was killed. 

Records show that each of Alianna's parents, who are reportedly separated, will receive more than $245,000 from the judgment.

Alianna was abducted on January 27, 2017 as she walked towards her charter school on the city's southeast side, after getting off a school bus around 6 am.

Whitaker, a registered sex offender in the state of Ohio, spotted the girl and lured her away from the rest of her classmates. According to her mom, Alianna suffered from a developmental disability.

Christopher Whitaker, 45, appeared in court last October toa registered sex offender in Ohio, followed the 14-year-old after she got off her school bus and snatched her from the street. He then took her to an abandoned house and raped her before stabbing her to death. He is now on death row

Christopher Whitaker, 45, a registered sex offender in Ohio, followed the 14-year-old after she got off her school bus and snatched her from the street. He then took her to an abandoned house and raped her before stabbing her to death. He is now on death row

The teen's body was found three days later in the abandoned home. Cops determined she had been tortured for hours, and then raped and killed. 

In the filing, Cooper and DeFreeze said their daughter's life could have been saved if they were told she was missing when she didn't show up to class. 

They went on to argue it was 'completely' out of character for the teenager to miss school and that the officials should have known as much when she did not show up without any notice from either parent. 

The lawsuit further alleged the school 'utterly and without question breached a critical duty owed to each and every parent to provide notice of a missing child - no text messages, phone calls, emails or any other form of communication,' People magazine reported. 

'Defendants have tried to cover up their fatal inaction by claiming that they sent [Alianna's mother] a message … notifying her of Alianna's absence, but that the system malfunctioned,' the lawsuit said.   

Donnesha Cooper's lawsuit argued that Aliana could have been found alive if school administrators had immediately alerted her that she didn't show up to class

Donnesha Cooper's lawsuit argued that Aliana could have been found alive if school administrators had immediately alerted her that she didn't show up to class 

Damon DeFreeze had said that no amount of money will make up for the loss of his daughter

Damon DeFreeze had said that no amount of money will make up for the loss of his daughter

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Comment by stephen myers on July 12, 2022 at 8:09pm

As usual, pay them to go away.

Comment by jak on April 5, 2022 at 7:27pm
Comment by John Smith on February 23, 2022 at 1:58am

Why do this happen to kids?

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Comment by stephen myers on January 29, 2022 at 10:31am

Savages like him should have his penis cut off and stuffed in his mouth, keep him alive and then dismember him limb by limb and feed his body parts to wild pigs and Komodo dragons a he watches in pain and horror, the penis, the fingers, toes, eyes, all a slow and horrific death for this devil, and then burn his remaining torso after he is dipped in acid as he is still alive.

Comment by caribmama on January 20, 2022 at 9:45pm

So sad.....

Comment by Lester Stanton on January 19, 2022 at 12:01am

The parents of Alianna DeFreeze filed the wrongful death suit in, alleging the teen's school failed to notify the pair of her absence from class Donnesha Cooper and Damon DeFreeze claimed they didn't find out their daughter was absent from school until after the school day had finished The...

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Comment by ITAL DIAGNE on January 15, 2022 at 10:30am

hope he dies like she did fat f**

Comment by Natalie on January 14, 2022 at 7:33pm
This is so sad and could easily be avoided with a checks and balance system. This is why I will never put my child on a school bus no matter how many people tell me it is safe. I do not even comply with the drop and go policy I need to watch my child walk into the school and linger for a few minutes to make sure she does not wander back outside.
Comment by vaughn mitchell on January 14, 2022 at 3:28pm
Damn, I hope the father and his bros, get a crack at that rapist before he goes to jail. They should start castrating these monsters.
Comment by SCARPION GIRL on January 14, 2022 at 2:37pm

sue school, teacher, sue everyone I home they give him the death penalty. 

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