Woman attacked by state escapee settles lawsuit

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A woman allegedly attacked last year by a man who had escaped state custody has settled a lawsuit with the organization responsible for the man’s case.

Emma Kopecky had charged Upper Valley Services failed to keep Kenneth Sumner secure. She says employees did not promptly notify police about his escape and the threat he posed to the public.

The terms of the settlement are confidential.

The 20-year-old Sumner is described as a developmentally disabled violent offender. In June he escaped from a home where he lived with 24-hour caregivers employed by Upper Valley Services.

In February Sumner was found incompetent to stand trial.

The Plainfield home where Sumner had been living has closed.

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