Missouri boot camp death referred to FBI

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Congressional investigators looking into the death of a student at a Missouri boot camp for troubled teens have referred the case to the FBI.

Fifteen-year-old Roberto Reyes died in 2004 after spending less than two weeks at the Thayer Learning Center, a military-type home in Kidder, Missouri.

Reyes' death was blamed on a probable spider bite. But a report by the Government Accountability Office found he had been ill for days and punished for being too weak to exercise.

California Congressman George Miller asked for the GAO investigation. He says the GAO referred the Reyes case to the FBI after completing its report on thousands of allegations of abuse, neglect and deaths at treatment programs around the country.

After his death, Reyes' parents sued the camp and several staff members, eventually settling the case for slightly more than 1 million dollars.

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