The Investigators: Lawsuit filed against Latter & Blum after child's electrocution death

NEW ORLEANS, LA (WAFB) - Shawanda Lee, the mother of the little girl who died from electrocution at the D'Iberville Townhomes in Addis, has filed a lawsuit.

The lawsuit named seven defendants.

  1. Sunrise Lane, LLC D/B/A D'Iberville Apartments
  2. Lexington Insurance Company
  3. Latter & Blum Property Management, Inc.
  4. Latter & Blum Inc.
  5. ABC Insurance Company
  6. Demetrus Bateast
  7. Daikin Applied Americas Inc.

Kristiana Tillman, 1, died on June 22 after officials said she touched live, high voltage wires on an air conditioning unit that was uncovered. Lee's lawyer, Tony Clayton, filed the suit in New Orleans, where Latter & Blum is based.

The lawsuit said all those named "knew or should have known of the defects in the subject air conditioning unit. However, none of these defendants properly inspected, maintained and/or repaired the subject defective unit."

Addis Police Chief Ricky Anderson said their investigation is over and found no criminal wrongdoing.  At the District Attorney's office, Chief Investigator Richie Johnson said after a preliminary review of the case, they have not found any criminal violations and will not pursue criminal charges.

In an earlier report, The Investigators showed another Latter & Blum managed apartment, Copper Ridge, where the state fire marshal's office said they found more than 1,200 violations.

One of those places, Place Du Plantier on Lee Dr., we spotted uncovered AC units on the roof.  Since we first aired that footage, those units now have covers on them.

The Investigators did reach out to the lawyer representing Latter & Blum in the lawsuit. He has not returned the request for an interview or statement so far.

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