Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Mother of woman raped at Bloomingdale library sues attacker's family

TAMPA — The mother of the young woman left severely disabled after a 2008 sexual attack outside the Bloomingdale Regional Public Library is suing the mother and grandmother of the rapist.

Kendrick Morris, 20, is serving a 65-year prison sentence for what he did the night of April 24, 2008, when he was 16.

His victim was an 18-year-old East Bay High School senior, who pulled up to a book drop as she spoke on a cell phone, noting a "weird guy" sitting on a bench. The call ended with a scream.

The young woman was discovered in a dark field, at the end of a blood trail, eye socket and nose fractured, and her oxygen-deprived brain swelling. Now 22, she can't function alone.

Her family continues to participate in fundraisers to help with the extensive medical costs.

Last November, represented by attorney Gene Odom, the mother filed a lawsuit against the people who designed and built the library. The suit described the after-hours book drop and surroundings as "inherently dangerous." That case remains open.

On Monday, again represented by Odom, the young woman's mother filed suit against Lisa and Lucina Stevens, Morris' mother and grandmother, alleging "negligent supervision."

The suit says Morris had a juvenile arrest record, a history of violent and abusive behavior and was under restrictions by the Department of Juvenile Justice, but that Morris' guardians failed to supervise him and allowed him to violate curfew and restrictions.

The suit says he was in violation the night of the rape, and that his guardians should have known he "presented a foreseeable risk to the general public."

Mother of woman raped at Bloomingdale library sues attacker's family 04/26/12 [Last modified: Friday, April 27, 2012 7:21am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs journal: Kicker Nick Folk has up and downs against Jaguars

    Bucs

    JACKSONVILLE — If the Bucs had hoped for a drama-free night in their kicking game, they'll have to wait another week.

    Bucs kicker Nick Folk celebrates one of his two made field goals against the Jaguars, but he also misses a field goal and has an extra point blocked.
  2. Late night update: Second wave follows Tropical Storm Harvey

    Hurricanes

    UPDATE: At 11 p.m. the National Hurricane Center said a hurricane hunter plane had determined that Tropical Storm Harvey had formed with sustained winds of 40 mph.

    Three tropical waves are expected to strengthen as they move across the Atlantic Ocean. [Courtesy of the National Hurricane Center]
  3. Stealth anti-Jack Latvala group tied to Adam Putnam campaign

    Blogs

    Politico reports:

     A longtime political consultant for Republican gubernatorial candidate Adam Putnam is behind a website calling one of his rivals in the race, state Sen. Jack Latvala, a “liberal.”

  4. Council gives in to pension dispute with St. Pete firefighters

    Local Government

    ST. PETERSBURG — The City Council was forced to consider its first labor dispute in years Thursday when it gave the firefighters union most of the pension enhancements it has long asked for.

    The firefighters’ union won a pension victory at Thursday’s City Council meeting. [SCOTT KEELER    |      TIMES]
  5. Bucs top Jaguars behind strong first half

    Bucs

    JACKSONVILLE

    There is a reason why the air in Tampa Bay is filled with playoff talk. If Thursday night's 12-8 Bucs preseason win over the Jaguars is any indication, it's also going to be filled with footballs thrown by quarterback Jameis Winston.

    Doug Martin gets the Bucs’ only touchdown  on a 2-yard run, squeaking past linebacker Telvin Smith in the first quarter. He has five carries for 30 yards.