A division of the Washington State Court of Appeals, in an unpublished decision, reinstated a nearly $99 million jury award to the grandparents of two boys who were killed by their father during a visitation supervised by the state’s Department of Social and Health Services.
According to the opinion, the two boys, C.J.P. and B.T.P., were in the custody and control of the state’s DSHS who had contracted with Foster Care Resources Network to supervise visitation with their father, Joshua Powell. FCRN employee, Elizabeth Griffin-Hall was the visitation supervisor at Powell’s rental home. At the beginning of a visit, the boys ran into the house and Powell slammed the door on Griffin-Hall. The father then struck the boys multiple times with a hatchet, poured gasoline on them, and ignited a fire. Powell and both boys were killed when the house exploded.