Church faces wrongful death lawsuit

Update: A motion to dismiss the case, filed by San Francisco Temple Christian Assembly and Lashay Carter, was sustained by St. Louis County Circuit Court July 25, and the dismissal was ordered by a judge.

ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KSDK) - San Francisco Temple Christian Assembly, in north St. Louis County, faces a wrongful death lawsuit two years after one of its young members committed suicide.

The teen's mother says her son told a youth leader he wanted to hurt himself and others, and that the leader didn't say a word until it was too late.

"She asked them to write a letter in regards to what they were battling," Lydia Davis saod.

That Sunday, Lydia Davis' son Quentin shared his letter with the youth leader.

"She took it upon herself and folded the letter up, put it in her purse, and not until we got son attacked my other son with a knife. And he also inflicted on himself, which caused his death," Davis said.

She tells us the youth leader brought a copy of that letter to the hospital after Quentin died and while her other son clung to life.

"If she would have said something, we could have taken care of that right then and there," she said.

Davis and her attorney, Herman Jimerson, claim she and the church failed to exercise reasonable care.

"When you give out counseling, you owe a duty to the people that you're counseling," Jimerson says. "And when you don't take the necessary precautions, you have violated that duty to the people you've so counseled."

San Francisco Temple filed a motion to get the suit dismissed, claiming that youth leader was not a mental health coordinator, and owed no duty to prevent Quentin's suicide or his brother's stabbing.

Lydia Davis says their leader asked for the letter, and should have been prepared.

"You're not supposed to ignore when a child is crying out for help," Davis said.

The attorney for San Francisco Temple did not return our calls or emails.

A judge is expected to set a trial date later this week.


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