By Taylor Romine, CNN
(CNN) – A 16-year-old Michigan boy went into cardiac arrest and died after several staff members of the residential treatment facility he stayed at restrained him, according to a lawsuit filed Monday.
Cornelius Fredericks was staying at Lakeside Academy, a residential treatment facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan, intended for young adults ages 12 to 18 placed through the foster care system or by their parents to receive behavioral health services.
On April 29, Fredericks allegedly threw part of a sandwich at another resident and Lakeside staff used an “improper restraint” on him, which resulted in him going into cardiac arrest, according to the lawsuit. Two days later on May 1, Fredericks died, the lawsuit states.
Tenia Goshay, who is representing Fredericks’s estate, is requesting $100 million in damages, attorney Jonathan Marko told CNN.
After Fredericks’s death, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) launched an investigation into the facility. In the full report provided to CNN, officials said that staff initiated restraint that was “significantly disproportionate” to Fredericks’s behavior, and the facility did not follow its own restraint policy.
The lawsuit also claims that Fredericks was diagnosed with Covid-19 while in the hospital. The facility said they didn’t know Fredericks’s Covid-19 status before he went to the hospital, and the lawsuit alleges the facility made no efforts to. MDHHS confirmed dozens of residents and some staff members tested positive for Covid-19 at the facility after Fredericks’s death.
A 16 years old black boy called Cornelius Fredericks got killed for merely throwing a sandwich.