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Parents of Teen Sue Boot Camp

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. - The parents of a 15-year-old boy who died while attending a boot camp for TROUBLED TEENS have filed a wrongful-death lawsuit against the facility.

Roberto Reyes of Santa Rosa, Calif., died in November of a spider or insect bite, less than a week after enrolling at the Thayer Learning Center Boot Camp and BOARDING SCHOOL, about 60 miles north of Kansas City.

The lawsuit contends the boot camp failed to treat the bite quickly enough, resulting in the TEEN's death. The lawsuit also claims the boy was dragged, beaten, placed in solitary confinement and "forced to lay in his own excrement for extended periods of time."

No charges have been filed, but a division of the Missouri Department of Social Services is conducting an investigation. A panel of state and county officials said in December that "earlier medical treatment" would have prevented Reyes' death.

An attorney for the boot camp, Ed Proctor, did not return a call seeking comment Saturday. Proctor previously told The Kansas City Star that "every child at Thayer has immediate access to medical care at any time."

The boot camp, which has about 100 teenagers enrolled, employs no medical staff but contracts with a physician.

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