Balto. Co. parents sue over investigation into son's death

The Baltimore Sun

The parents of a Baltimore County teenager who died in 2006 on the job at a landscaping company have filed a $6 million lawsuit against several law enforcement agencies, prosecutors' offices and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health department for allegedly failing to properly investigate the death.

Adrienne M. Miranda and Robert Miranda Sr. allege that the agencies' negligent behavior has inflicted "overwhelming mental distress and suffering" and "emotional grief, anguish and added despair."

The civil lawsuit -- filed in February in Baltimore County Circuit Court -- names 30 employees of the Maryland State Police, the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health department, the Hampstead Police Department, the Carroll County and Frederick County state's attorney's offices and the Maryland Attorney General's Office.

Joseph A. Miranda, 19, died in July 2006 when his head and neck were crushed by a construction vehicle at his job. Although authorities have said they believe the death was an accident, a state medical examiner found "a strong possibility" that the death was a homicide and recommended additional investigation.

Officials said last year that investigators took a closer look at the case and found no evidence of a crime.

Representatives of the agencies named in the lawsuit have asked the court to dismiss the case, saying the Mirandas have failed to make any specific claims against the individual defendants. The legal filings also note that public officials acting within the scope of their jobs are entitled to immunity from lawsuits.

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