The parents of a little boy who died nearly a year ago after being swept away in a drainage ditch are suing the city of Shreveport for wrongful death.
The family’s lawyer wouldn’t say how much money they’re asking for, but he says what prompted the lawsuit is the fact the city failed to realize the dangers associated with the drainage system.
Seven-year-old Daysean Combest fell into a large drainage ditch near his home, August 1, 2017.
His body was swept away and found three miles south two days later.
Daysean’s death prompted calls for the city to make the drainage system safer.
“We looked into it. We think that there should have been a grate on that culvert from when it made the transition to a ditch to a subterranean hole,” said the family’s attorney Aub Ward.
The city says facts surrounding the incident are still being studied.
According to the family’s attorney, the city did make some changes to the drainage ditch.
A city spokesperson told us they don’t comment on pending litigation but did say their hearts are with Daysean’s family and they’ll work to conclude this lawsuit with as little emotional impact to them as possible.