3 Staff Workers Charged in Death of Teen at Michigan Treatment Facility

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Three adults are charged and other face the same fate following the death of 16-year-old Cornelius Frederick at Lakeside Academy, a treatment facility in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 

Three employees at a treatment facility in Michigan are charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Cornelius Frederick, a 16-year-old who went into cardiac arrest after being restrained, per CNN

Frederick died on May 1, 2020, two days after being restrained by staff members at Lakeside Academy. The Kalamazoo, Michigan, facility is for young adults aged 12 to 18, placed there through the foster care system or by their parents to obtain mental health services.

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According to a lawsuit filed on behalf of family, Frederick allegedly hurled part of a sandwich at another resident on April 29. Video reportedly shows the teen start throwing food again following a brief conversation with a staff member. 

He was then pushed to the ground by a staff member who used both hands to force him down, along with several other adults, per the complaint.

Frederick was restrained by Michael Mosley, 47, and Zachary Solis, 28, who lay across his torso in the process and ultimately caused his death. While Heather McLogan, 48, was not physically involved, she is accused of failing to provide Frederick with timely medical care. A report found the teen was restrained for almost 12 minutes.

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Sequel Youth and Family Services, Lakeside Academy’s owner, said in a statement to CNN, “The restraint was not conducted in accordance with our policies and training. At Sequel, it is our policy to only use restraints as an emergency safety intervention in two situations: 1) when a student exhibits imminent danger to self and 2) when a student exhibits imminent danger to others, and in those cases to use the minimal level of intervention possible.” 

In addition to involuntary manslaughter, Mosley and Solis are charged with two counts of second-degree child abuse, each of which carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison, per CNN. McLogan is charged with one count. 

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Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said additional staff members are being looked at and more charges could be filed, adding they prioritized swift action against those we felt were “most responsible.”

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