A child’s death is always a tragedy, but sometimes it is also the beginning of a legal battle for justice, like in the case of a mother from Macon who’s child drowned in a lake in 2015. Not only does the mother believe that her child’s death resulted from another person’s negligence, she believes the person responsible is the child’s own father.
According to the mother, the father was by the lake with the child and another friend after drinking a significant amount of alcohol at a nearby restaurant. The father was out on a dock on Lake Tobesofkee when the child likely slipped off and into the water without the father noticing. The body was recovered about 11 hours later.
The local authorities who investigated the incident declined to press charges, justifying their choice in part by noting that while the child’s death was a tragedy, not every tragic death is also a criminal matter. The mother, although disappointed by the authorities’ choice to decline pressing criminal charges, has chosen to move forward with a civil suit against the father. She is seeking monetary damages for the wrongful death of the child.
Very few people will ever suffer the kind of loss that parents who lose children too soon experience. If you believe that your child lost his or her life due to the actions or negligence of someone else, you can seek out professional help to guide you as you pursue justice. An experienced attorney help you understand the strengths of your case and ensure that your rights remain protected.
Source: NBC WGMT, “Mother of drowned toddler files wrongful death suit against ex-husband,” Joi Dukes, Sep. 25, 2017