Wrongful death suit filed by mother of Kadin Roberts-Day

JOPLIN, Mo. – The mother of Kadin Roberts-Day claims he was having breathing issues for at least 26 minutes before someone called 911.

The Joplin sophomore passed away in 2019 due to an asthma attack that led to cardiac arrest, according to the coroner’s office. He was at football practice that day, which took place in the gym due to excessive heat outside.

His mother, Lashonda Roberts, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in Jasper County Circuit Court. She wants a jury trial and financial compensation in excess of $25,000.

She claims the defendants took too long to act after Kadin’s first sign of breathing difficulties. As a “direct and proximate result of the negligence and carelessness of Defendants… Kadin died,” states the lawsuit.

KOAM has reached out to the School District and the Lashonda Roberts’ attorney. Online court documents do not list attorneys for the defendants in this case at the time of this article.

The Joplin School District responded, “Per School Board Policy, the district is unable to comment on litigation or pending litigation for the district or an agent or entity representing the district at this time.”

2019 Incident During Football Practice

15-year-old sophomore Kadin Lee Roberts-Day passed away on September 4, 2019. He was an offensive lineman, #63, for the Joplin High School Eagles football team. His twin brother was also on the team.

After the incident, Superintendent Dr. Melinda Moss released that the football team was practicing inside the Joplin High School Kaminsky Gym because of the heat. That’s where the School District says Kadin had a medical emergency following conditioning. EMS took Kadin to a local hospital for treatment.

According to preliminary findings by the Jasper County Coroner, Kadin passed away due to an asthma attack that led to cardiac arrest. Coroner Rob Chappel at the time said Kadin had a history of severe asthma but that a doctor had cleared him to play sports.

Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Lashonda Roberts filed the lawsuit on May 16, 2022.

The defendants in the case are:

  • Logan Shaw: Joplin High School football team staff in 2019, Now part of the football coaching team at Neosho High School
  • Megan Carder: JHS trainer in 2019
  • Brandon Taute: Assistant football coach at JHS in 2019, Currently head football coach at Neosho High School
  • Tracy Saunders: Head volleyball coach at JHS in 2019
  • Curtis Jasper: Head football coach at Joplin High School in 2019 and currently

The lawsuit also lists 6 others (John Doe 1, 2 and 3 and Jane Doe 1, 2, and 3) as defendants. The mother doesn’t currently know their names but alleges they were also on staff in the gym on September 4, 2019, and witnessed Kadin during practice.

The lawsuit outlines the Emergency Action Plan implemented by the Joplin School District and High School. It claims that any staff member is required to call 911 immediately if a student was having difficulty breathing, etc.

Roberts’s lawsuit shows surveillance images of Kadin during practice that day. Her lawsuit states that the defendants and other school employees and team personnel were stationed throughout the gym observing the players.

She claims that the school staff and football team, including the defendants, knew about Kadin’s history of severe asthma.

63 Jhs Sophomore Kadin Roberts Day 1The lawsuit looks at Surveillance and Timeline

Around 5:02 pm, the lawsuit shares a surveillance image showing “Kadin struggling to catch his breath as he stops running and places his hands on his knees.”

The lawsuit continues showing images of Kadin bent over “struggling to catch his breath.”

At 5:07 pm, it appears Kadin stops again with two teammates checking on him. He continues walking in between stopping multiple times.

At 5:12 pm, the lawsuit states that Kadin’s teammate called for a trainer or coach. That’s allegedly when staff first got involved.

After a bit, the lawsuit states at 5:26 pm, Kadin collapsed to the ground and was lying unconscious. It alleges some of the defendants used cell phones, but there was still no call to 911.

The lawsuit states that “Finally, at 5:28 pm, Defendants call 911 to report Kadin’s condition.” It states that no one called 911 until at least 26 minutes after surveillance footage shows Kadin demonstrating breathing difficulties.

It claims that when they did call 911, the defendants “did not tell 911 dispatch that Kadin is located in the gym.”

Kadin’s mother claims that those on staff there that day “breached their ministerial duties owed to Kadin…”

You can read the full lawsuit, including surveillance images, here.

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