A Lexington family is demanding answers after a boy’s death in foster care.
Seven-year-old Ja’Ceon Terry died earlier this year in the care of a Louisville foster facility, and the coroner ruled his death a homicide by asphyxiation. The family has hired an attorney.
For three years, Ja’Ceon and his two younger brothers have been in foster care as their mother battled addiction. Their grandfather desperately wanted to take custody but couldn’t make it work and says he didn’t have the means to do so.
In July, the family got a call from Brooklawn, a foster care facility in Louisville, that Ja’Ceon had been involved in an “incident.” He later died at Norton Children’s Hospital.
Last week, the coroner announced Ja’Ceon’s death is considered a homicide, citing “positional asphyxiation.”
His grandfather, George Terry, said they learned about the cause of death ruling through an online media outlet.
Ja’Ceon’s mother, Dominique, said she wants to see justice served.
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services has stopped placing children at the center for now.
The boy’s foster family has filed a lawsuit seeking a jury trial, alleging wrongful death, negligence and negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention.
Louisville Metro Police and the Cabinet for Health and Family Services both are continuing to investigate the situation.