HOLTON, Kansas (AP) – A Kansas child who suffered permanent brain damage and blindness when he was beaten as an infant was awarded $109 million from the man accused of attacking him.
Romeo Whitebird was 7 months old when he was injured by his mother’s boyfriend in April 2014 at a Holton apartment complex. The boy is now 2.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/1P3xk26 ) a Jackson County District Court ruling last Friday ordered Koylen Corbin McKinney to pay the judgment. McKinney is serving a nine-year prison sentence for the boy’s injuries. However, Topeka attorney Dan Lykins says McKinney is a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes of North Dakota, which entitles him to royalties from oil production for the rest of his life.
Lykins says McKinney chose not to respond to the lawsuit.