Avonte Oquendo’s mom files suit against city: reports

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Avonte Oquendo's mother, Vanessa Fontaine, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city last week charging numerous agencies and individuals with negligence which led to the death of her son. Handout
Avonte Oquendo's mother, Vanessa Fontaine, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city last week charging numerous agencies and individuals with negligence which led to the death of her son.

The mother of Avonte Oquendo has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city, charging various agencies and individuals with negligence leading to the death of the 14-year-old autistic teen, according to published reports.

Vanessa Fontaine reportedly filed the suit last week in Queens Supreme Court blaming the Department of Education, NYPD and members of Avonte’s Long Island City school for her son’s death.

Among the Center Boulevard School individuals are school safety agent Bernadette Perez and principal Susan McNulty, reports said.

The 14-year-old was last seen at the Center Boulevard School in Long Island City across the street from the East River last October. Surveillance footage caught the teen running through the halls unsupervised before leaving the building. Almost four months later his remains were found washed up in College Point.

The lawsuit does not have a dollar amount, according to reports, however family attorney David Perecman previously said the family would be seeking $25 million.

 

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