No Charges in Death of Restrained Teen at Yonkers School

Corey Foster was physically restrained at Leake & Watts residential treatment center in Yonkers after a dispute on a basketball court on April 18

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    The cause of Corey Foster's death has troubled his family ever since it happened in April, when he died after being restrained by teachers and staff at a school for troubled children in Yonkers. The Westchester District Attorney's office has concluded no criminal charges are supported by the evidence in Corey Foster's case. John Noel reports. (Published Thursday, Aug 2, 2012)

    The Westchester County district attorney's office will not file criminal charges in the death of a teenager who died after he was restrained at a school for troubled children.     

    Corey Foster was physically restrained at Leake & Watts residential treatment center in Yonkers after a dispute on a basketball court on April 18.

    "Based upon the analysis of all the information, we have concluded that no criminal charges are supported by the evidence in this case," said Westchester DA Janet DiFiore in a statement.

    The Foster family released a statement Thursday saying they were "saddened" by the DA's decision not to prosecute and planned to file a civil suit.

    "No parent should have to suffer the loss of a child. We encourage Leake and Watts to learn from their tragic errors and implement changes to their procedures so that future tragedies are avoided," the statement said.

    During the three and a half month probe, investigators reviewed evidence including surveillance video from the gym, medical records and autopsy findings, the DA's office said.

    According to the medical examiner's report, the 16-year-old suffered cardiac arrest "during an excited state while being subdued.''     

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