Charges filed against staff at facility where Michigan teen died after being restrained

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Charges filed against staff at facility where Michigan teen died after being restrained

Charges have been filed against three staff members of a youth services facility in Kalamazoo where a teen died after being restrained, the county prosecutor said Wednesday.

The case drew wide condemnation, cancellation of a state contract with the facility and the firing of staff allegedly involved. It prompted the family’s attorney to point to the “eerily similar” circumstances of the George Floyd case, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes May 25 as he cried out that he couldn’t breathe.

Kalamazoo Prosecutor Jeffrey Getting announced that charges have been authorized against Michael Mosley, Zachary Solis and Heather McLogan. The charges come almost eight weeks after the death May 1 of Cornelius Frederick, 16, at Lakeside Academy after he was restrained, authorities said, on April 29 by staff allegedly for throwing a sandwich.

“That it ever happened is a tragedy of beyond description,” Getting said during a press conference Wednesday. “And we certainly don’t want to allow for another young man to have his life taken from him in this way.” Cornelius Frederick (Photo: Marko Law) Mosley and Solis face the same charges: homicide and involuntary manslaughter, a 15-year felony; second-degree child abuse, a 10-year felony; and child abuse, second-degree child care organization violation, a 10-year felony.

McLogan faces two offenses: involuntary manslaughter for alleged gross negligence for failure to perform or timely seek medical care for Cornelius Frederick, a 15-year felony; and child abuse, second-degree child care organization, a 10-year felony.

Getting said his office […]

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