- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

SLIDELL, La. (AP) - A Slidell mother has filed a lawsuit, saying the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice was negligent to have temporarily released a teenager who investigators say went on to fatally stab her son.

The 17-year-old was on an earned weekend furlough from a group home when he fatally stabbed 20-year-old Nicholas Carman while they and three others were walking along abandoned railroad tracks near Slidell on Nov. 30, 2014, according to St. Tammany Sheriff Jack Strain.

Joseph Bruno, attorney for mother Louise Carman, told The Advocate (http://bit.ly/1HKsK9c ) he filed a formal petition Nov. 24 for damages. Bruno says the teen, who was serving time for vehicle burglary, shouldn’t have been let out, even temporarily.

“We believe there was some information that he was not taking his medication and was a danger to other folks,” Bruno said. “There was some knowledge about enmity between these two folks, as well, which would have been a known cause for concern.”

Bruno and his client accuse Mary Livers, deputy secretary of the department, and the State of Louisiana of negligence in their failure to follow furlough policy, failure to take the 17-year-old’s medical and criminal history into account and failure to monitor him during the furlough.

Office of Juvenile Justice spokeswoman Elizabeth Touchet-Morgan declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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