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Indictments against 4 dropped in Utah boy's death

Indictments against 4 dropped in Utah boy's death



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MONTROSE, Colo. (AP) -- A hearing is set Jan. 29 for the lone defendant accused in the death of a Utah teen assigned to a Colorado wilderness therapy camp.

Fifteen-year-old Caleb Jensen died from a staphylococcus infection in May 2007 while in an Alternative Youth Adventures program in southern Colorado. Prosecutors allege his disease went untreated despite glaring symptoms.

West Caldwell, N.J.-based Community Education Centers Inc. is AYA's former corporate parent. Attorney Colleen Scissors says there's no basis in grand jury transcripts for the indictment against CEC.

Indictments against AYA, program director James Omer, medical director Keith Hooker and emergency medical technician Ben Askins have been dismissed.

Colorado officials closed the camp two months after Caleb's death.

Information from: The Montrose Daily Press

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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