Three former Lakeside Academy staff members are facing criminal charges after tackling and restraining 16-year-old Cornelius Fredericks who became unconscious and later died. Detroit News says that while Fredericks was eating lunch at Lakeside Academy, which is a facility for teenagers with behavior problems, he threw a sandwich at another boy which prompted staff members to intervene. In the video the source released, staff members are later shown holding the boy down and even leaning on him.
According to one of the former employees, Fredericks had gotten into an altercation with the boy he threw the sandwich at prior to the incident and staff members were merely trying to prevent another conflict from arising. As the staff members continued to restrain the teen, he became unconscious. The family alleges that “staff sat on his chest as he screamed that he couldn’t breathe.” At another point in the video, staff can be seen performing chest compressions on the boy as he lay on the floor unresponsive.
The source says Fredericks suffered “irreversible brain damage and was placed on life support.” On May 1st, Fredericks died.
Criminal Charges are Filed
Nearly eight weeks after Fredericks died, Kalamazoo Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting announced the charges that were filed against Michael Mosley of Battle Creek, Zachary Solis of Lansing, and Heather McLogan of Kalamazoo. After the charges were announced, the three former employees turned themselves in and the source says they were arraigned on July 1st in Kalamazoo County District Court. Their bonds were set at $500,000. Mosley and Solis were both charged with homicide and involuntary manslaughter, second-degree child abuse, child abuse, and second-degree childcare organization violation.
Mosely and Solis were also accused of restraining Fredericks in a “grossly negligent manner.” McLogan, who worked as a nurse at the facility, was charged with involuntary manslaughter for alleged gross negligence for failure to perform or timely seek medical care for Frederick and second-degree child abuse. As a result of the incident, the news source says that Lakeside Academy operator Sequel Youth and Family Services lost its contract with the State of Michigan “to care for youth in the state’s foster care and juvenile justice systems and its license to operate.”
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