In an ongoing lawsuit in San Diego’s Escondido area, San Diego County is being sued by the family of a foster teen who died under the care of a nonprofit temporary rehabilitation facility. The death occurred after a drug overdose at the facility, and drug abuse is something the County knew about when initially removing the teen from his family’s care.

 

“My son had just turned 18 and he had a long life ahead of him, a big beautiful heart, he loved music, typical 18-year-old, athletic, he could make you laugh in point-three seconds,” said Amanda Shane after the death of her son, Isaiah. She has filed a $1 million wrongful death suit against San Diego County, claiming that there was a failure to provide basic care in safety in the supervised environment, Circle of Friends. 

 

Isaiah died in May while in the county’s custody. He was supposed to be getting treatment for addiction and behavioral issues. According to Amanda Shane, he did not receive the services promised. As reported by 10 News, instead he was found in the home’s bathroom and died at the hospital of an overdose. 

 

However, Isaiah has previously been in the hospital for his issues with addiction. According to Shane, he was removed from her custody when she refused to take him out of the hospital, which claimed to need the bed for COVID-19 patients. She was arrested for child abandonment claiming, “Do what you have to do to me. My son needs help. Whatever you’ve got to do to get the attention for my son, I don’t care.” She also says that she’s tried every recovery option at her disposal within the county.

 

According to KPBS, the People’s Association of Justice Advocates president Shane Harris claims Circle of Friends has a history of complaints and the county must take responsibility. He continued, “You’re telling me now with all of the complaints and the police chief and all of this involvement with law enforcement… you’re telling me that it’s that hard for the county to muster up some courage and actually close the group home down?” Harris’s aide added to this, explaining there will be another lawsuit if the home is not shut down.

 

Shane wants her son to be remembered, not for how he died but for the change his death created for kids like him. “That’s going to be a beautiful legacy to be remembered by when these changes have taken place and all the lawmakers do what they’re supposed to.”

 

As reported by NBC 7 San Diego, a spokesperson for Escondido Police Chief Ed Varso claims the group home cannot continue to run as it has, that if there’s a lack of improvement it will need to be shut down. Since 2016 there have been 344 calls from the home to the police, causing Harris to question the protection the county offers to kids like Isaiah Shane. The county acknowledges the issues, but blames them on the struggle to find staff who would be able to provide necessary care to the teens.

State Senator Brian Jones has requested that the State Senate Committee on Human Services would investigate Assembly Bill 403. This is in response to the investigations taking place, with the intention of figuring out what the bill is doing for clients, caregivers, and the community at large.

 

Circle of Friends has not yet responded to requests for comment, and the county claims that it will cease referring kids to Circle of Friends for the time being. However, the county declines to make further comments because of the pending litigation.

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Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the…

Neama Rahmani is the President and co-founder of West Coast Trial Lawyers.

Neama graduated from UCLA at the age of 19 and Harvard Law School at the age of 22, making him one of the youngest graduates in the 200-year history of the law school. Upon graduation, Neama was hired by O’Melveny & Myers, the largest law firm in Los Angeles, where he represented companies such as Disney, Marriott, and the Roman Catholic Church.

But Neama wanted to help ordinary people, not corporations, so he joined the United States Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted drug and human trafficking cases along the United States-Mexico border. While working as a federal prosecutor, Neama captured and successfully prosecuted a fugitive murderer and drug kingpin who had terrorized Southern California and was featured on “America’s Most Wanted.” Neama was then appointed to be the Director of Enforcement of the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission, an independent watchdog that oversees and investigates the elected officials and highest level employees of the City of Los Angeles, including the Mayor and City Council. He held that position until becoming a trial lawyer for the people.

Neama has extensive trial experience. He has led teams of more than 170 attorneys in litigation against the largest companies in the world. Neama has successfully tried dozens of cases to verdict as lead trial counsel, and has argued before both state and federal appeals courts. Over the course of his career, Neama has handled thousands of cases as attorney of record and has helped his clients obtain more than $1 billion in settlements and judgments.