Dixon's siblings, grandfather get wrongful death money

A judge ordered the county to divide about $173,900 in a wrongful death lawsuit between an 11-year-old foster girl's two brothers, her adult half-brother and grandfather. Connre Dixon died Oct. 18, 2004 after being stabbed to death by her Monroeville foster father, Paul Efaw. He is expected to be released Oct. 15 from the Hocking Correctional Facility after serving three years for voluntary manslaughter.
Cary Ashby
Jul 25, 2010

 

A judge ordered the county to divide about $173,900 in a wrongful death lawsuit between an 11-year-old foster girl's two brothers, her adult half-brother and grandfather.

Connre Dixon died Oct. 18, 2004 after being stabbed to death by her Monroeville foster father, Paul Efaw. He is expected to be released Oct. 15 from the Hocking Correctional Facility after serving three years for voluntary manslaughter.

Huron County Juvenile and Probate Court Judge Timothy Cardwell ruled Tuesday that most of the money about $103,920 will be placed into a special needs trust fund for the younger of Dixon's brothers. The 5-year-old boy is in the custody of his legal guardians, Willard residents Don and Diahanna Shepherd. Another $40,000 will go into a wrongful death trust fund set up for Dixon's 10-year-old brother, who also lives with the Shepherds.

"I think the boys should be the No. 1 priority," Diahanna Shepherd said in March.

Twenty-thousand dollars will be distributed to Scottie Stover, 20, Dixon's half-brother, whom court administrator Chris Mushett said is either deployed in Iraq or training in the Middle East. The remaining $10,000 goes to the girl's grandfather, Dale Stover, of Willard.

Cardwell further ruled Tuesday that Dixon's father, Ronald Dixon failed to maintain contact and support for his daughter for a "significant amount of time," Mushett said. The judge indicated part of that had to do with the elder Dixon's substance abuse problems.

"The judge found he was to receive nothing," Mushett said.

Don Shepherd, in March, said Dixon's father "doesn't really call (and) writes every once in a while."

Connre Dixon's mother, Zandra, 38, died from a drug overdose in November 2005. The Shepherds have had custody of Connre's younger brothers since Nov. 17, 2003.

In March 2007, a jury determined the county should pay $600,000 to Dixon's estate. In mid-October, Visiting Common Pleas Judge Judith Cross ruled to reduce the amount by half a million dollars because she wrote that the original verdict was excessive, saying the jury "lost its way."

There were $91,000 in attorneys' fees and $3,000 went to the fiduciary to the estate.

Comments

wilburcat

3 years for murder. should have just slapped his wrist with a petty sentence like that.

it sickens me that any person would benefit from anothers life. why are these people collecting money from a childs murder?

vgoble

Yes wilburcat...I agree with you that the other people should be ashamed to take money from those kids, espeically the attorney's. There fees are rediculous!

Betherella

I don't really think the family should get any money. I think some of the money should go back to the state to try to make up for all the money that's been paid for foster care, and their medical bills. And some should be set aside for college so maybe the family can have opportunities they might not have had. I'm sure nobody will agree with me on that, but to me it makes sense. I also think that if I were in Mr. Efaw's situation, I probably would've done the same thing out of panic. If someone was coming after me with a knife, unless it was a really little kid, I would feel threatened. You never know how you'd react unless you were in his shoes. I've never been there, but I won't judge him because you just never know what he was feeling. I feel bad for his family. .....time for my getting blasted.

mis_astro

I think only the siblings of Conner should get any of this money. The did nothing except lose their older sister.

The rest of the family just let those kids downs and as for Efaw...well I wont even waste my time on him.

mis_astro

Spell check- "They did nothing, except lose their older sister"

kjvr

I know this entire family personally not proud of it to say the least. I see no reason for the granfather to get any money but the rest of her siblings need this money more then anybody. Those children have been put through heck through their life. When they were little the parents were so drugged up they didn't even know where the kids were most of the time. Her mother always tried to borrow money off me to pay the bills because she would spend all of her money on drugs. I bought food once and took it to the children because they didn't have any. The father of the second youngest was abusive to all the children. These kids really needs this money but I hope they turn out to be brighter then their parents and use the money to go to school and make something out of themselves.

swiss family

this entire case has exposed the weakness in our system, and we really need to call for change, or we are destined to go through this all again..
upon investigating how this girl was ever put in Paul Efaw's care in the first place, the director of HCDJFS'S clearly says that when placing a child in foster care, the state does NOT do any kind of a background check on the family!!!! no criminal check, no financial check, no references required.. etc.. so any person, no matter how crazy, or immoral, or what kind of illegal activities they are currently involved in , or have been involved in, can foster family a needy child.. this to me shows us that we must demand change in the foster care system..

then , despite any and all unsolicited, warnings to the employees of HCDJFS about how unstable Paul Efaw was, they totally ignored it, and placed ms Dixon in his care!!! these workers should feel a lot of guilt over her death, they are really the ones who killed her

then the judge sends the murderer away for 3 years!!! for murder!!!! that's just a total insult to equate someones life to 3 small years!!! and then for the jury to award the amount that they did, to the family is their decision.. how can a judge overturn their ruling, saying that it was excessive??? it was up to the jury to decide the punishment amount.. that is what they are there for.. if it were up to the judges determination, they wouldn't have needed a jury in the first place!!!

i think that this case really exposes the weakness in our systems, and we need to change the week parts of our system or we will continue to bury more of our children!!!

doodle

i know the family as well,i dont think the grandfather should have recieved any money,him and his new wife at the time didnt want bothered with her.they say hind sight is 20/20.now what ya going to do.may god bless them all.

Betherella

Not just anyone can be a foster parent. I don't know what's wrong with the system, but my friend loves kids so much, and has three of her own. She is such an awesome mom, and she's very nice and good to everyone. She has been fostering kids, hoping to adopt, yet the county ends up sending the kids to another foster home or back with their parents. There are so many kids that need adopted, and the people who want them the most seem to be the ones who have the most trouble. This lady is a much better parent than I am, and I think I'm a good parent. It just confuses me why it's so hard for some people to be able to adopt or even foster. I know I couldn't do it. So it isn't as easy as you would think it would be. You have to have an evaluation, and a home inspection, and even a fire escape route put up on your wall. You aren't supposed to get the kids a haircut without permission. I think it seems like way too much trouble having to deal with the county. I never did it, so I only know what I learned from my friend. But if you're doing good for the kids, they shouldn't treat you poorly.