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Judge denies deadbeat dad’s estate claim

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee County judge says a man who abandoned his child at age 5 is not entitled to collect any money from a settlement in his son’s wrongful death 20 years later.

Milwaukee County agreed to pay $1.4 million to the estate of Brandon Johnson to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by his mother. The 25-year-old man died at the county’s Mental Health Complex in 2012.

The Journal Sentinel reports Alicia Johnson argued that her son’s father didn’t deserve a cent because he sexually assaulted her when she was 15, resulting in Brandon’s birth and that he never helped raise the boy. Circuit Judge David Borowski agreed with Johnson in a ruling Wednesday, calling fathers who abandon their children “a scourge.”

More than $562,000 of the $1.4 million will go to Johnson’s attorneys.

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