BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A state judge ruled that the Baton Rouge City-Parish Government will remain a part of a lawsuit filed by the mother of a four-year-old boy who drowned.
Brittni Clark, the mother of 4-year-old Jassiah Clark, filed a lawsuit after he drowned in an abandoned sewer hole near their home.
The City-Parish Government argued to the judge that they were not liable because it did not perform any of the work associated with the demolition of the pumping station or the filling of the abandoned hole.
Jassiah vanished from his home on Saturday, December 20. He was reported missing and was found dead in the sewer hole on December 22, 2014 near his home on Robertson Avenue.
Baton Rouge Police later arrested Brittni Clark for negligent homicide because they believed at the time the child was not properly supervised when he went missing. In the arrest warrant, witness statements accused Clark of often leaving her children unsupervised.
However, District Attorney Hillar Moore said further investigations could not prove those claims. Moore said there was nothing to show that Clark was directly responsible for her child's drowning.