SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Lawyers in the Cornelius Fredericks case released a surveillance video today, in which employees detain him before he later dies of a cardiac arrest.
Lawsuits and a civil suit against Lakeside for Children and Sequel Youth Services were filed in Michigan last week in connection with the death of 16-year-old Fredericks.
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Watch the press conference and surveillance video
The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety announced on April 29 that the Academy's staff were about to restrain Frederick when he stopped responding.
The video shows that several people held him back after Fredericks tossed a sandwich.
Fredericks & # 39; lawyer says the entire video wasn't shown because parts of it appear to be missing.
"The video is terrible and graphic," said lawyer Geoffrey Fieger. "However, parts of the video seem to have been deleted. We have not yet determined whether Lakeside for Children is responsible for the missing footage. "
Fieger says this is not the first time that Fredericks has been exposed to such an incident.
Fredericks was suffocated as a discipline by school officials in January, Fieger said.
Three people have been charged with the case and are in custody.
Michael Mosley, Zachary Solis and Heather McLogan are involuntarily charged with manslaughter and multiple involuntary child abuse.
Mosley and Solis are accused of using illegal restraint that resulted in Frederick's death, while McLogan is accused of not providing him with medical care.
No trial dates are currently set, but Mosley and Solis face up to 35 years in prison and McLogan up to 25 years in prison.
Fieger hopes that the video and the case will draw attention to what some institutionalized children experience in privatized institutions like Lakeside.
"If you don't illuminate insects and maggots, they multiply," said Fieger.
The Lakeside Academy license was drawn by the state.