SEQUEL YOUTH AND FAMILY SERVICES
Closed Kalamazoo youth home where teen died is focus of MSNBC special
KALAMAZOO, MI — Lakeside Academy is once again in the national spotlight. Three of those former staff members are now waiting to stand trial on charges of involuntary manslaughter and second-degree child abuse related to Fredricks’ death. Fredricks death will not be the sole focus of the episode. “Children That Pay” intends to take a deeper look at the business of for-profit youth homes, like Lakeside Academy. California, for example, pays double the cost of what the State of Michigan pays to send kids to places like Lakeside, Snow said.mlive.com
‘Outrageous and heartbreaking’: Michigan officials release videos leading up to Kalamazoo youth center death
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) released security footage that shows the moments leading up to the death of a teenager at a youth center in Kalamazoo. “MDHHS decided to release two videos in the interest of transparency,” officials said. A staff nurse was near the incident, and video shows she did not come to Cornelius’ aid. READ: Partial video released in teenager’s Kalamazoo youth center deathFrederick went into cardiac arrest and died the next day at the hospital, according to officials. After Cornelius’ death, officials said all 125 youth at the center were removed and placed in other settings based on their needs.
Partial video released in teenager’s Kalamazoo youth center death
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A partial video has been released in the death of a teenager who was restrained because he supposedly threw a sandwich at a youth center in Kalamazoo. Cornelius Frederick died last month after being restrained at the Lakeside For Children facility in Kalamazoo. The video shows staff members piling on the 16-year-old. It shows Cornelius’ body being left on the floor. A staff nurse was near the incident, and video shows she didn’t come to Cornelius’ aid.
Medical examiner rules Michigan teen’s death homicide, 3 charged
Cornelius Fredericks, 16, died May 1, two days after he lost consciousness while being restrained by staff at Lakeside Academy. The Kalamazoo County Medical Examiner’s office confirmed Fredericks’ manner and cause of death was a homicide. Getting, who called Fredericks’ death a “tragedy beyond description,” said the accused employees are expected to turn themselves in for arraignment but didn’t say when that would happen. Sequel said it fired the three workers involved in Fredericks' death and relieved the executive director of Lakeside Academy of his duties. Earlier Wednesday, attorney Geoffrey Fieger, who represents Fredericks’ family, called for charges to be filed in the teen’s death.
Lawsuit: Teen screamed ‘I can’t breathe’ during restraint at Michigan youth facility
The lawsuit filed in Kalamazoo County Circuit Court names Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo and Sequel Youth and Family Services as defendants. “Video from Lakeside Academy even shows a staff member placing his/her weight directly on Cornelius’s chest for nearly ten minutes as Cornelius lost consciousness,” the lawsuit states. The Associated Press left a message Monday seeking comment from Lakeside Academy. Fredericks had been at Lakeside Academy about two years, Goshay told reporters. Gretchen Whitmer has told the department to cut ties with Sequel Youth and Family Services, which provided staffing to Lakeside Academy.
Lawsuit filed in death of Michigan teen restrained by youth home staff for throwing sandwich
KALAMAZOO, Mich. – A civil rights lawsuit has been filed in the death of a Michigan teenager who was allegedly restrained to the point he couldn’t breathe by staff members at his youth home because he threw a sandwich. READ: Michigan ends ties with company after teen’s restraint, death in Kalamazoo facilityCornelius Frederick died last month after being restrained because he supposedly threw a sandwich at Lakeside For Children faculty in Kalamazoo. Civil rights attorney Jon Marko said staff members allegedly restrained Cornelius for 10 minutes, then waited 12 minutes to call for help when it was apparently clear the teen was in distress. They didn’t stop.”On Monday, Marko filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Lakeside Academy and parent company Sequel Youth and Family Services. He said it took the death of Cornelius for the state to act.
Michigan ends ties with company after teen’s restraint, death in Kalamazoo facility
Whitmer said in a statement late Saturday that Sequel Youth and Family Services cannot provide services for facilities licensed by the state agency. “Protecting our most vulnerable is a top priority of my administration, and the senseless death of a youth at Lakeside for Children in Kalamazoo is intolerable and heartbreaking. Cornelius Frederick, 16, pictured at the hospital after being restrained by staff at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo on April 29, 2020. In a special report from MDHHS one staff member allegedly slapped, choked and scratched a student in January. The Associated Press left an email Sunday morning seeking comment from Sequel Family and Youth Services.