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Tortured Teen Settles With Child Protective Services

The story shocked the community and the nation. A boy known as "Kyle" was chained inside a fireplace, beaten, burned and starved during a seven-year period - ending in 2008 when he escaped. Today, attorneys announced he has settled his lawsuit against Sacramento County Child Protective Services for $4 million.

Before Kyle escaped, CPS had failed on at least ten occasions to follow its own procedures or to remove the boy from the abuse, which started in Sacramento and continued to Tracy.

When he escaped, he made his way to a Tracy health club where he asked for help. Employees were shocked at his condition.

Kyle was hospitalized for 10 days for skin graft surgery.

Three people who lived in the home - Caren Ramirez, Kelly Lau and Michael Schumacher and a neighbor, Anthony Waiters are serving prison time for torturing the boy.

His attorneys say Kyle is 22 now and attending college. 

In a statement, he says, “I’m doing great, I feel better than ever,” said Kyle. “I’m healthy. I have a roof over my head. I have friends and I have family that love me. I’m happy with where I’m at right now.”

He also says he's forgiven the people who tortured him.

"I wish them the best with where they are at in life,” Kyle says. “I hope they find their peace.”

Bob Moffitt

Sacramento Region Reporter

Bob reports on all things northern California and Nevada. His coverage of police technology, local athletes, and the environment has won a regional Associated Press and several Edward R. Murrow awards.   Read Full Bio 

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