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Nation IN BRIEF : LOUISIANA : Child Wins Benefits in Landmark Case

March 12, 1996|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A 4 1/2-year-old girl conceived through artificial insemination after her father's death was awarded Social Security survivor benefits. Commissioner Shirley Sears Chater agreed to $700 a month for Judith Hart, averting a federal court battle against the little girl's mother, Nancy Hart of the New Orleans suburb of Slidell. Hart, a music teacher, was turned down when she applied for benefits for the girl because, according to the Social Security Administration, she had never been dependent financially on the father.

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