Renée C. Byer/rbyer@sacbee.com

Martin Smith of Davis surveys documents that he's collected to fight a state lawsuit filed against him and his wife in 2011, when the outstanding balance for their 13-year-old disabled daughter's care in a Sacramento group home was $28,005. The Department of Developmental Services is charging them $1,570 a month, Smith says, and their total bill now exceeds $60,000.

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