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Guardian of Tasered boy sues province 0

By Michael Mui, 24 Hours Vancouver

The provincial guardian of a 14-year-old, who was Tasered by RCMP after he escaped a group home is suing B.C. and his former foster parents for negligence. (FILE PHOTO)

The provincial guardian of a 14-year-old, who was Tasered by RCMP after he escaped a group home is suing B.C. and his former foster parents for negligence. (FILE PHOTO)

The provincial guardian of a 14-year-old who was Tasered by RCMP after he escaped a group home is suing the provincial government and his former foster parents for negligence.

The boy, identified only as C.S., was taken away from his family when he was two — having been born to a home where his mother struggled with addiction and his father was in and out of jail, according to a notice of civil claim.

The Public Guardian and Trustee of B.C., which filed the suit on Monday, claims the ministry failed in its duty to care for the boy. It claims the boy’s suffering included being hit, cold showers, hot sauce, spanking, washing his mouth with soap, and having his face held underwater by other kids.

Public Guardian and Trustee Catherine Romanko said on Tuesday the suit could provide financial relief for C.S. in the future.

“It’s exactly the same kind of claim that would be filed for someone who has suffered injury in any of a multiple of cases, motor accident claim, or medical malpractice (for example),” she said.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

The Ministry of Children and Family Development said it couldn’t comment “due to privacy laws, and the fact that this case is before the courts.”

In 2011, C.S.’s story became public after the boy was placed in a Prince George group home, which would have been his 12th residence since being taken away, according to the court document.

On April 7, six days after he moved in, C.S. escaped the home and was found stabbing the walls of a nearby travel trailer with steak knives.

The group home manager followed but was stabbed and police were called — only to later Taser the 11-year-old.

This incident prompted outcry and a report from B.C. Children and Youth Representative Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, who said there were 22 critical incidents in his life, including being locked in isolation rooms.

The claim seeks damages for pain and suffering, loss of future income, education, among other costs.

C.S. now lives at the Maples Facility in Burnaby, according to the claim, which is described as a facility “not normally used as a placement for children in care.”

 

 

 

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