Posted on Feb 21, 2006
A Northeast Missouri woman who changed her mind about giving up her baby for adoption is awarded $3 million by a Jackson County jury.
Thirty-two-year-old Chandrika Collins of Kirksville is on the receiving end of that major jury award.
The panel found that an attorney's mistaken advice resulted in Collins losing custody of her child.
When Collins agreed to let a Pennsylvania couple adopt her baby in 1995, she believed Sanford Krigel represented her.
Actually, he was representing the adoptive parents.
Collins later changed her mind about giving up her baby, but because she thought she had more time to back out, the adoption process wasn't stopped in time.
Collins went more than four years without seeing the boy while she fought for joint custody.
Krigel contends he did not work for collins. Krigel's attorney plans an appeal.