A nurse is under surveillance for her role in the death of a teen at a Kalamazoo-CBS youth hostel in Detroit
Kalamazoo, I. (AFP) – Ex-nurse accused in The death of a teenager was tied up In a Michigan hostel, he was placed on probation for 18 months.
Heather McCluggan had no direct role in restraining Cornelius Fredericks at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, but she admitted that she did not stop it, WWMT-TV reported.
“I have a terrible feeling that Cornelius is dead. This should not have happened,” said McCluggan, crying sometimes in court on Monday.
McCluggan struck a deal with prosecutors in July and did not defend any competition over third-degree child abuse. She has been charged with manslaughter and second-degree child abuse.
A plea not to appeal is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such when sentencing.
McClugan will testify, if necessary, against two other defendants accused of manslaughter and child abuse.
Fredericks, 16, died on May 1, 2020, two days after losing consciousness while being restrained by staff in Lakeside. Attorney General Jeff Getting said at the time that he was restricted to tossing a sandwich.
Lakeside, now closed, was a facility for teens with behavioral problems.
Family members who spoke in court said they were still saddened by the teen’s death.
“She has a terrible sense of what happened,” said McLugan’s attorney, Anastas Marko. “I think it surprises her every time by watching the video, how she stood aside after finishing the restraint.”
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