Willie Mae Allen pushed for her 16-year-old son, Shaquan Allen, to be admitted to a Lake Villa, Ill. facility for troubled youth to keep him out of harm’s way on the streets. Little did she know that same facility would play a role in his unfortunate death.

Allendale Association Davis Serak

Left: James Davis ; Right: Justin Serak

Two employees of the Allendale Association facility – James Davis and Justin Serak – were charged after an altercation that led to Allen dying of asphyxiation. According to the Root, the two were struggling to get the teen to his room after displaying “behavioral issues” and held him by his legs and around his neck in a chokehold-like position. 

“Officers were told by Allendale staff that the juvenile became unconscious during an effort to restrain him following a brief struggle,” Lake Villa Police Chief Craig Somerville told CBS Chicago.

According to reports, Davis and Serak originally waited 15 minutes to call police and spent that time pouring water on Allen trying to get him to wake up. They later told police that all three slipped on some water and that’s what led to the accident.

“I wanna know how could this happen to my baby, and nobody is telling me anything to let me know what’s really going on,” said Willie Mae Allen. Shaquan’s family were reportedly told multiple stories of what happened to him before getting the truth.

Davis has been charged with felony counts of involuntary manslaughter and obstruction with a bong of $1 million and Serak has been charged with a felony count of obstruction of justice, had his bond set at $50,000.

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