Effingham County, Georgia School District Faces Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Over Alleged Failure to Report Abuse

Effingham County, Georgia School District Faces Multi-Million Dollar Lawsuit Over Alleged Failure to Report Abuse

The Effingham County School District (ECSD) is now facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by the estate of Mary Crocker, a teenager who was found buried alongside her brother at their Guyton-area home in 2018. The lawsuit alleges that abuse of Mary’s brother, Elwyn Jr., was reported to an ECSD school counselor in 2017, but the counselor failed to notify local law enforcement as required. The lawsuit also names the principal and superintendent, claiming negligence in ensuring the report was provided to the proper authorities.

According to the lawsuit, the failure to send the required written report to the Sheriff’s Department by ECSD could have potentially saved Mary Crocker’s life. The lawsuit further accuses CM Regent Insurance Company, the school district’s insurer, of acting in bad faith and disobeying Georgia laws in relation to its duties to the plaintiff.

Attorneys for ECSD have responded to the lawsuit, stating that the district does not hold responsibility and that administrators were not made aware of the situation. Prosecutors have previously alleged that Mary Crocker was subjected to starvation, tasering, confinement in a dog cage, and sexual assault. Her brother, Elwyn Jr., was believed to have been buried in the yard for up to two years before his body was discovered. A third child, Mary and Elwyn Jr.’s half-brother who has cerebral palsy, was found alive in the home.

The lawsuit, filed by Amanda Oliveira, the court-appointed administrator of Mary’s estate, seeks over $3 million in compensation for the mental and physical pain and suffering Mary experienced, as well as the full value of her life. If awarded, the money would go to Mary’s half-brother, who is currently in the foster care system.

Elwyn Crocker Sr., the children’s father, is facing multiple charges in the case, including malice and felony murder. The state is seeking the death penalty if he is convicted. Four others, including Kimberly Wright, Mark Wright, Roy Prater, and Candice Crocker, have also been charged in connection with the case.

Author: CrimeDoor

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