Jaquez Carden

Photo of Jaquez Carden, an African-American teenager. His hair is cut very short, and he is wearing a plaid shirt. He is looking off to the side with a thoughtful expression.Name: Jaquez “Imaji” Carden.
Died: April 6, 2018.
Age at death: 14.
Cause of death: Negligence.
Location: Schenectady, New York, USA.

Details:
Jaquez, called “Imaji”, loved playing the bongos. His teachers and family remember his huge smile.

Imaji was prone to eating non-food items and liked to put things in his mouth. Knowing this, his father allowed him access to “controlled medication” (most likely oxycodone, a painkiller for sickle-cell anemia), and Imaji ingested the medication and died of poisoning.

His father was charged with manslaughter and reckless endangerment, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide, and spent 3 years in prison.

References:
Inmate Lookup » NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision
Schenectady man faces manslaughter count in disabled son’s death
Schenectady father accused of endangering disabled son
Jaquez “Imagi” Carden
Father pleads guilty in Schenectady teen’s overdose death, report says

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