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Teen dies after group home staff sat on him for throwing bread, Michigan report says

A teen who died after employees of a Michigan group home sat on him for throwing sandwich bread was improperly restrained, and staff failed to quickly provide medical help, state officials say.

An investigation report about the death of Cornelius Fredericks — a 16-year-old boy who lived at Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo, Michigan — says staff members restrained the teen for 12 minutes as he struggled to breathe while other employees stood by without correcting them. Fredericks, who suffered cardiac arrest, died two days later on May 1, officials say.

“Throwing bread is not a demonstration of imminent threat of harm to self or others and did not warrant physical management,” according to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services report obtained by McClatchy News.

On Monday, Jonathan Marko, an attorney for Fredericks’ estate, filed a lawsuit against Lakeside Academy and Sequel Youth and Family Services, the

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