A judge has ordered a woman who sued Los Angeles County alleging she was sexually abused as a child by three members of her foster home household and impregnated at age 13 to undergo an independent psychological exam next week requested by the defense because the plaintiff maintains she suffered emotional distress.
The plaintiff is now 42 years old and is identified only as F.M. in the Los Angeles Superior Court negligence suit, in which she also alleges her case worker arranged for her to have an abortion and kept her in the home for another two years, where she maintains she suffered further abuse.
On Thursday, June 1, Judge Wendy Chang directed that F.M.’s mental evaluation take place Tuesday, June 6, by psychologist David K. Wellisch and consist of a three-hour interview by Wellisch as well as about four hours of standard psychological testing and personality assessment. There can be audio, but no video recording. Both sides agreed to the testing prior to Chang issuing her order.
In previous court papers involving a motion to dismiss the plaintiff’s case scheduled for hearing July 25, the county attorneys state that Department of Children and Family Services records show that when allegations of sexual abuse were received by the department, swift and prompt investigations were conducted and that F.M. denied any abuse at the foster home. The department records also show F.M. repeatedly told her social workers that she liked living in the foster home and wanted to remain there, county attorneys state in their court papers. The DCFS placed F.M. and her sister, J.M., in foster care for about 13 years beginning in 1984, the suit filed in July 2021 states.
“The foster parents … were approved, licensed, trained, supervised and/or compensated by defendants,” the suit states.
F.M.’s foster father repeatedly sexually assaulted and abused F.M., as did the F.M.’s two foster brothers, according to the suit. In 1993, when F.M. was 13 years old, she contracted a sexually transmitted disease as the result of one of the brother’s sexual assaults and she also experienced pain in her private parts, so her foster mother took her to a doctor, the suit states.
“At the doctor’s office, she was diagnosed with a sexually transmitted disease and advised that she was five months pregnant,” the suit states.
F.M.’s pregnancy was reported to her case worker, who told her to get an abortion and took her to a clinic to have it done, according to the suit.