2 ordered to trial in death of teen at Lakeside Academy

Kalamazoo and Battle Creek

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — Two of the three people charged in the death of a teenager wrongfully restrained while in their care will face trial.

A judge determined there’s enough evidence against Heather McLogan and Zachary Solis to send their cases to circuit court Thursday afternoon after a preliminary hearing.

McLogan, Solis and Michael Mosley each face charges of involuntary manslaughter and child abuse in the death of Cornelius Fredericks, which was ruled a homicide after multiple staff members held the 16-year-old down at Lakeside Academy at the end of April.

Court documents state the teen’s last name is Frederick, but family has previously clarified the proper spelling is Fredericks.

Thursday’s arraignment hearings were the first time testimony was given publicly against the defendants. Statements from a state licensing consultant and the forensic pathologist affirm written reports previously obtained by News 8.

A state investigation into Fredericks’ death stated on April 29, up to seven staff members held him down for about 12 minutes after he threw food in the cafeteria. It was another 12 minutes before anyone started CPR or called 911. Fredericks died at the hospital May 1. A medical examiner said the cause of death was from complications of restraint asphyxia.

“He could not breath appropriately, specifically there were forces being applied to the outside portions of his body that limited or did not allow him to breath appropriately, and that’s why he died of as a result of lack of oxygen,” Deputy Medical Examiner Dr. Theodore Brown said.

Ten people were ultimately fired from Lakeside for how they handled the situation. The state has moved to permanently close the facility.

“I will be reviewing the testimony from the preliminary exams. At this time, I do not know if that will lead to additional persons being charged,” Kalamazoo County Prosecutor Jeff Getting said.

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