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Lawsuit Filed After 15-Year-Old Girl Dies At House Party


This story is a big mess with the family accusing law enforcement of burying information that could lead to the arrest of the two individuals who owned the home in which their daughter died. At present, a medical examiner has ruled the death an accident, but the parents believe that their daughter was murdered and raped. Again, the medical examiner claims that there are no signs of sexual assault, and the only evidence that exists shows that the possible defendants attempted to resuscitate her. The medical examiner has ruled the cause of death a cerebral air embolism or an air clot in an artery that traveled to her brain.

Among the reasons why the family believes there is a cover-up underway is that the police did not allow them access to the police report until two years after the death occurred and they already had an attorney pressuring the PD. They also believe their daughter was much worse off than the medical examiner is leading the public to believe. They contend that their daughter had broken fingernails and head trauma and there was evidence that she had been sexually assaulted.

What happened? 

You probably don’t want to know and in fact, what happened specifically is being contended by both the parents of the deceased and the potential defendants in this case. What’s true is that it’s not being openly discussed in the media. Chances are good that this is some form of erotic asphyxiation or choking that occurs during sex to improve the orgasm. This can be done with another person or by yourself. Some famous people have died during erotic asphyxiation and it is incredibly dangerous. Children often experiment with this via “the choking game”. The lack of air causes temporary euphoria and some individuals have made a fetish out of it. While it’s possible this form of eroticism can be done safely, no doctor would recommend anyone do it.

There was evidence of anal and vaginal tearing, but the defendants and plaintiffs differ on whether or not the sex was consensual. The defendant who engaged in sexual contact with the plaintiff called his mother and two friends before calling 911. So, even if the sex was consensual, the defendant figured it was more important to cover his butt than get the girl help she desperately needed. That alone would be enough to file a personal injury lawsuit against the defendants. However, the plaintiffs would have to establish that the girl’s prognosis would have been much improved had the boy called 911 immediately after the girl showed signs of distress.

Likely, the boy thought he was going to get in trouble for doing something he shouldn’t have been doing or that he could be charged with the girl’s death. It is unlikely that the boy would have been charged with the girl’s death if he called 911 immediately. But a kid wouldn’t know that.

Talk to a Tampa Personal Injury Attorney Today 

The Matassini Law Firm represents the interest of those who have been injured or lost loved ones to acts of negligence and malice. Call our Tampa personal injury lawyers today to schedule a free consultation and we can begin discussing your options immediately.


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