Crime & Justice

$10M awarded to family of teen who died at care facility


The family of a teenage boy who died at a Mission Viejo care facility has been awarded more than $10 million for damages relating to the boy's death.

The Orange County Register reports that 15-year-old Kevin Barr died at a Lonika's Home Inc., care facility in 2012 after staff failed to give him his anti-seizure medication and then delayed calling 911 when they found him unresponsive.

A jury on Monday awarded $4.5 million in punitive damages to Kevin's family. In June, they were awarded $5.7 million for actual damages, bringing the total to $10.2 million.

The jury found that Lonika's Homes was negligent in employing a caregiver with no CPR or emergency response training.

The company's attorney declined comment Monday.