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1:56 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Third Lawsuit Filed Against New Mexico Youth Ranch

A central New Mexico ranch for troubled youth has become embroiled in a third lawsuit.

The grandparents of a former participant in the Tierra Blanca Ranch High County Youth Program filed a complaint Thursday in state District Court in Santa Fe.

According to the complaint, James and Cheryl Morgan are seeking damages for their grandson's treatment.

They allege he was physically and emotionally abused and forced to work without compensation.

The complaint also names the state Children, Youth and Families Department as a defendant, saying the agency didn't take corrective action.

The ranch settled its own lawsuit against the state Feb. 21, agreeing to give the CYFD access to students and their files for the next 12 months.

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Information from: The Santa Fe New Mexican, http://www.sfnewmexican.com

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