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 and pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide.

References:
Schenectady man faces manslaughter count in disabled son’s death
Schenectady father accused of endangering disabled son
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Father pleads guilty in Schenectady teen’s overdose death, report says

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