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DC reaches $2.6 million settlement in deaths of 4 children killed by Banita Jacks

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Washington has agreed to a $2.6 million settlement to the heirs of four children who were killed in 2007 by their mother, who had kept them prisoner and starved them.

The incident involving Banita Jacks' daughters horrified the city and led to accusations that multiple agencies, including the schools, court system and police, failed to protect the girls.

The bodies of the girls, ages 5 to 16, were found decomposing in January 2008 in Jacks' rowhouse. Jacks was sentenced to 120 years in prison for killing the girls.

The settlement, announced Friday by the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, includes payments to the estates of the four girls.

Officials say $260,000 must be donated to Safe Shores, a charity devoted to abused and neglected children.

The city denied liability.

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