Police Find No Crime in Teen Amputation Case; Lawsuit Still Moving Forward
COLUMBUS, GA. – April 18, 2018 (wsbradio.com) An online story from wsbradio.com reports that a lawsuit regarding a Georgia teenager’s amputation is still moving forward, despite police concluding no crime occurred.*
In October 2016, Montravious Thomas, then 13 years old, underwent a right below-the-knee amputation following an incident at his school in Muscogee County. Thomas’s lawsuit, which seeks $25 million in damages, alleges that a contract behavioral specialist at his school body slammed him multiple times on September 12, 2016, breaking his right tibia. The severed tibia bone damaged veins in his leg and led to blood loss and subsequent tissue death in his right foot. Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta performed the amputation, and Thomas’s medical bills reportedly totaled more than $600,000.
Various reports from the day indicate that an altercation took place between Thomas and behavior specialists in his classroom that resulted in Thomas being restrained five times. The fifth time, Thomas complained of an injury to his leg. The Columbus Police Department conducted an investigation of the incident and closed the matter this April, concluding no crime had been committed. A recent television report also suggested that Thomas sustained his injuries in a prior car crash.
Thomas’s lawsuit, which was filed in March 2017, is still moving forward, however, according to attorneys on the case. Thomas’s attorneys refute the car crash claim, saying Thomas was never involved in an accident and was not injured when he went to school the day of the incident. The lawsuit has been modified, though, in that allegations against the school district have been dropped, and the district is no longer a named defendant.
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