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Decision on charges in Lakeside Academy student death expected next week

Prosecutor's Office awaiting state report
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Posted at 2:24 PM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 14:24:09-04

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — A decision on charges in the death of a student at Lakeside Academy is expected to be made as soon as next week, according to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office.

In a media release, Prosecutor Jeff Getting says the death of Cornelius Frederick remains one of his top priorities.

Frederick died May 28, after being restrained by staff at Lakeside Academy.

The 16-year-old's family says this wasn't an accident, and hired their own attorney to review the case.

According to Getting, Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety forwarded a "comprehensive" investigation report earlier this month. A team of attorneys is reviewing the thousands of pages from that report.

Meanwhile, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has two separate investigations still actively looking into Frederick's death. The Maltreatment in Care and State of Michigan Licensing Divisions are handling those probes.

Prosecutor Getting says those reports from the state are key to any possible charges in the case. They are expected to be completed by the end of this week.

Once the reports from the state are submitted, the Prosecutor's Office will need at least a week to review them. If all goes as planned, Getting says he will make a decision on if charges should be filed.