Takoda Collins’ estate files suit against Montgomery County

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Attorney Michael Wright, who represents Takoda Collins’ estate, confirmed with 2 NEWS that the estate is suing Montgomery County.

Kelly Sandoval, the grandmother of 10-year-old Takoda Collins, discussed a lawsuit that has been filed against Montgomery County and a number of representatives with Montgomery County Children Services for the death of her grandson Thursday.

Wright said in a Zoom call with reporters Thursday, “I filed suit to make sure this doesn’t happen to another child in Montgomery County.”

The lawsuit seeks changes in policy and procedure and oversight of the agency. “We don’t necessarily want Children Services to govern themselves because they have not done a good job dong that,” Wright said. The lawsuit also seeks financial compensation for the family members of Takoda, although a dollar amount was not specified.

Sandoval told reporters, “We were horrified, we were in shock.”

Collins, 10, died last December after Children Services was contacted 17 times about suspected abuse inflicted on the child. Al-Mutahan McLean, Collins’ father, has pled not guilty to four counts of murder connected to the case.

Amanda Hinze, McLean’s girlfriend, also pled not guilty to several counts of involuntary manslaughter.

WDTN.com will update this story when more information is available.

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