The mother of a 6-year-old boy who was fatally beaten the day after Christmas 2019 is suing Los Angeles Unified for negligently hiring, retaining, and supervising the accused killer of her son in an after-school program.
Kenya Taylor, Dayvon Taylor's 38-year-old mother, filed the lawsuit in the Los Angeles Supreme Court on Monday, seeking unspecified damages.
A LAUSD official issued a statement saying that the district "is not free to comment on any pending litigation. However, we continue to place the highest priority on the safety of students in all of our schools and take allegations of misconduct seriously." .
"We have implemented numerous policies and procedures to protect students and comply with laws related to the prevention, investigation and reporting of child abuse," the statement said. "We will remain vigilant to protect our students from those who would harm them."
Tyler D & # 39; Shaun Martin Brand, 23, is awaiting trial in the Norwalk Supreme Court for the murder and assault of a child who died in the December 26 murder in Downey, not on the district's property .
Prosecutors allege the boy was severely beaten at the defendant's home in Downey and died the same day at St. Mary Medical Center in Long Beach. Brand was the boy's godfather and had taken care of the death during the vacation, according to prosecutors, who said the defendant would have to live behind bars for up to 25 years if convicted.
According to the lawsuit, Dayvon attended Normandy Avenue Elementary School's Beyond the Bell program, where Brand was his supervisor and coach. Prior to the boy's death, Brand isolated Dayvon from other students, teachers, and other supervisors so that he could be alone with the boy, the suit claims.
The district should have known of Brand's alleged history of abusive behavior with other children and that the lawsuit said he was unable to work as an elementary school coach or supervisor.
The boy's mother, who lives in Long Beach, has suffered "a significant loss of support, care, comfort, camaraderie, society, leadership, moral support, love, affection and protection" since her son died.