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Lancaster County board to consider $75K settlement of lawsuit over teen's in-custody suicide

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LINCOLN, Nebraska — The Lancaster County Board of Commissioners is considering paying $75,000 to settle a lawsuit filed over the suicide of a 16-year-old in county custody.

The Lincoln Journal Star says (http://bit.ly/1p1M5ny ) the settlement is scheduled to be reviewed by commissioners at Tuesday's meeting.

The lawsuit was filed by the father of Jonathan Kennedy. The boy hanged himself in the county's Youth Services Center on Feb. 26, 2012, and died later at a Lincoln hospital.

The lawsuit argues that staffers should have realized the boy had mental problems and should have more effectively supervised him. He had been a state ward since April 2011 and had been sent to the center because of drug usage and self-harming behavior.


Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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