Nov 28 2006

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Justice Maybe…

Posted at 7:41 pm under Martin Lee Anderson, News..

Seven guards and a nurse have been charged with aggravated manslaughter of a child in the death of Martin Lee Anderson, the 14-year-old boy who died in January a day after he entered a Bay County juvenile boot camp.

State Attorney Mark Ober, special prosecutor in the case, today announced the charges against the seven, who are being arrested this morning.

Charged are Henry Dickens, Charles Enfinger, Patrick Garrett, Raymond Hauck, Charles Helms Jr., Henry McFadden Jr., Kristin Schmidt and Joseph Walsh II, according to a filing Ober made today in state circuit court in Bay County.

“We hope at the end of the day justice will be served and at the end of the day the Martin Lee Anderson family will have the answers to the questions they deserve,” said Gov. Jeb Bush this morning.

Ober’s charges said in part the defendants, “did cause the death of Martin Lee Anderson by culpable negligence, without lawful justification or excuse, by neglecting Martin Lee Anderson by failure or omission to provide Martin Lee Anderson with care, supervision or services necessary to maintain his physical or mental health …”

The announcement comes almost 11 months after Martin Lee Anderson collapsed on the exercise yard at the Bay County sheriff’s boot camp in Panama City on January 5th.

Guards said he was uncooperative and refused to continue participating in exercises that were part of the boot camp’s intake processes.

He died early the next morning in Pensacola.

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