Trinity Church, which has a large congregation, was ordered to pay $8,400 to a family of three after they were charged with child neglect and other child abuse charges
Trinity Church has been ordered to spend $8.4 million to pay to a woman’s family after she was charged with neglect and child abuse, according to an attorney representing the woman.
The church paid $2,600 to the family’s parents for “reasonable and necessary” expenses, including “costs of storage and relocation,” said attorney Roberta Saffron in a filing Thursday with the Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The lawsuit against the church, which also is based in Nashville, Tenn., is one of several cases in which religious groups have sued or settled civil rights lawsuits.
In 2015, a church member who was arrested for molesting an 11-year-old boy and sentenced to two years in jail was ordered by the court to pay a $2 million settlement.
The settlement also included $1 million for the boy’s father, who had not been charged in the case.
The case against Trinity Church was settled in 2015 for $1.5 million.
The judge who ruled against the family of the 11-month-old, who is now in foster care, said the family did not know the alleged victim was a child when they had contact with him.
“Their actions were grossly negligent and negligent,” Judge Joseph E. Conner wrote in his decision.
“They were in no position to know that the child was an adult.”