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Report: Reduce payment in boot camp death



The parents of Martin Lee Anderson should get $2.3-million from the state, not $5-million, the special masters who reviewed the case have recommended. Their report was just released.

Lawyers who reviewed the case for the House and Senate determined that actions of the Bay County boot camp guards and nurse "preclude a finding of state liability," but that the Department of Juvenile Justice had a general duty of care and should have known the camp was unsafe based on incident reports and that a DJJ worker "should have seen inappropriate ammonia use." Thus DJJ should have known that "deputies were inappropriately using force against juveniles."

Guards forced ammonia capsules in the 14-year-old boy's face and used other force that obstructed his breathing, experts say. Anderson died last January. Gov. Charlie Crist has urged the Legislature to pay a $5-million claims bill.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:44pm]


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