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Prosecutor won't file charges in death of boy at Cordell church

Lane Madison, 12, died after a fight with a 13-year-old boy Jan. 11 after a youth service at First Baptist Church of Cordell. District Attorney Dennis Smith said Tuesday there isn't sufficient evidence to file criminal charges against the teen.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: December 5, 2012

— A prosecutor said Tuesday there is a lack of evidence to file criminal charges against a Cordell teenager in the death of 12-year-old Lane Madison after a church youth service.

Lane and a 13-year-old boy got into a fight Jan. 11 at First Baptist Church. Lane's head hit the church basement floor, which had a thin layer of carpet over concrete.

“After a through and exhaustive investigation and review of the evidence … the evidence necessary to file a criminal action in this case is not available at this time,” District Attorney Dennis Smith said.

“Since this investigation will remain open and since there are confidentiality laws concerning juvenile cases, it would be inappropriate to discuss this case in more detail,” Smith said.

“A parent's worst nightmare is to suffer the loss of a child under any circumstances, and our sympathies are with the family of Lane Madison.”

At the time of the incident, Shantell Madison said her son's best friend told her the boys were “horsing around” and it got out of control.

The friend said Lane was punched in the face, hit a wall, fell to the floor unconscious, and the other boy jumped on top of him and beat him, the mother said.

The teen involved in the altercation has not been charged nor has he been identified.

Shantell and Brian Madison do not have a listed telephone number and could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

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