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Psychologist settles wrongful-death claim in Va. toddler death, records show


FAIRFAX, Virginia — Court records show a psychologist will pay $550,000 to settle a wrongful-death claim in the death of a toddler whose father is accused of killing him in Manassas in 2012.

The boy's mother, Hera McLeod, had fought against unsupervised visits for her 15-month-old son with his father, Joaquin Rams. After the boy died, McLeod sued psychologist Margaret Wong for finding that it was safe for the boy, Prince Rams, to be with his father unsupervised.

The Washington Post ( reports that the settlement was entered in Fairfax on Oct. 17. That's the same day that prosecutors revealed that Virginia's chief medical examiner had changed the official ruling on the cause of the boy's death from drowning to "undetermined."

Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty against Rams, who maintains his innocence.

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