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Sierra Vista foster child files $15 million claim against state

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A former foster child has filed a $15 million claim against the state of Arizona.

In the claim, the foster child accused the Arizona Department of Child Safety and Arizona Department of Economic Security of failing to protect him.

"It's just a tragedy. It's one of the worst things I have ever seen," said attorney Lynne Cadigan who is representing the now 18-year-old.

Cadigan says her client was repeatedly beaten, locked up, and sexually abused over a period of nearly 12 years.

At the center of the claim is the child's foster father David Frodsham.

Cadigan says Frodsham used the child in a pedophile ring he ran out of his Sierra Vista home.

Frodsham was convicted of sexual abuse and sentenced to 17 years in prison in 2016.

"This boy is being incredibly strong in trying to hold the state accountable and change things. I think it's giving him some sort of hope that perhaps it won't happen to someone else," said Cadigan.

News Four Tucson contacted the Arizona Department of Child Services. In an email, a spokesperson said they do not comment on pending litigation.

The claim is comprised of a series of DCS documents, court records, and police reports. Cadigan says those document prove that DCS knew Frodsham was a problem but failed to act.

"DCS knew he was a problem. How did this man get away with torturing these kids for 12 years," said Cadigan

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