Losing a child is hard enough, but when that loss is suspected to have come at the hands of one of the parents, such a tragedy can be even more traumatic. Unfortunately, a Colorado woman has recently filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband, the boy's father, claiming wrongful death of their son.
Colorado residents may already be aware of tragic story of the young boy whose partial remains were found June 27, 2013. Now, the boy's mother has filed a lawsuit against her ex-husband and the boy's father claiming that he had something to do with the boy's disappearance and death. Although the details of the case were not provided, the grieving mother claims that her son's death was due to the negligence of the boy's father. At the time of his disappearance in 2012, the boy was with his dad on a court-ordered Thanksgiving visitation, and the mother claims in her suit that the father had a duty to care for the child, and that duty was breached upon the boy's disappearance. Following a massive search operation that lasted for a year and a half, some foot bones, purportedly the boy's, were found in a steep, wooded area about 3 miles from where the boy was staying with his father in Vallecito.
In her wrongful death lawsuit filed June 29, the mother is claiming loss of consortium and damages suffered as a result. Although no specifics were provided as to the amount she is seeking, the mother has requested compensation for those damages as well as costs and fees and a 12-member jury should the case go to trial. The Sheriff's Office of La Plata County is continuing its criminal investigation into the boy's disappearance. When reached for comment about the case, the father reportedly had nothing to say.
Although more details will be needed for this particular case in order to prove culpability, anyone who has faced such a loss caused by someone else's negligence should contact an attorney experienced in wrongful death claims. Regardless of the way an individual loses his or her life, if the death can be proven to have been caused by the negligent or wrongful acts of another, the surviving family members can file a claim on behalf of the decedent.
Source: cortezjournal.com, "Dylan Redwine's mother files wrongful death lawsuit against Mark Redwine," June 2, 2015