Judgement of over $17 million entered in 7-year-old's death due to delayed 911 response
Little Rock (KATV) —
The family of a 7-year-old has been awarded a judgment of over $17 million after an incident in 2013 that later resulted in his death in 2015.
According to the release, Le Yang died at the age of 7 after injuries suffered in 2013 due to a delayed emergency response.
The judgment was awarded against former City of Little Rock 911 dispatcher Candance Middleton, who is said to have mishandled the 911 call.
The judgment stems from an incident that occurred on January 14, 2013, when Jinglei Yi was driving her son, Le Yang ,5, to preschool and hit a patch of black ice. Jinglei's vehicle left the roadway and landed in a pond nearby.
Shortly after the incident, Jinglei called 911 where she was told by Middleton, the 911 dispatcher, that help was coming.
At this time, Middleton dispatched MEMS to the scene.
When MEMS arrived, they discovered Middleton had failed to dispatch police and fire department water rescue.
Approximately 55 minutes passed from the time Jinglei called 911 until Le, her son, was pulled from the submerged vehicle, according to the release.
Officials say Jinglei died sometime later that morning. Le lived another two years before dying from drowning-related injuries.
The total judgement amount against Middleton includes Le's conscious pain and suffering prior to his death, Le's loss of life, Le's medical expenses attributable to his fatal injuries, Le's visible results of his injuries sustained prior to his death, and the mental anguish suffered and to be suffered in the future by the father Dayong Yang, from the death of Le.
The city of Little Rock has been dismissed from Yang's lawsuit based on immunity. An appeal is planned.