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State ending ties with company after teen's restraint, death

 The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing.
The Michigan State Capitol in Lansing. (WJRT)
Published: Jun. 21, 2020 at 12:16 PM EDT
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(6/21/20) - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has ordered the state’s Department of Health and Human Services to no longer work with a company that provided staffing for a facility where a 16-year-old died earlier this year while being wrongly restrained.

Whitmer said in a statement late Saturday that Sequel Youth and Family Services cannot provide services for facilities licensed by the state agency.

Cornelius Frederick died May 1 after going into cardiac arrest April 29. At the time, authorities said he was being restrained by staff after throwing a sandwich.

The state on Thursday terminated its contracts with Lakeside Academy in Kalamazoo. The Associated Press left an email Sunday morning seeking comment from Sequel Family and Youth Services.

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