CORDELL — 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.
Emails sent to both were not returned.
In the 11 months since his death, numerous messages remembering Lane have been posted on an “In Memory of Lane Madison” Facebook page.
On Nov. 7, Brian Madison posted: “We still fighting for justice for u we won't give up love you and miss u see u soon.”
On Nov. 16, Shantell Madison posted: “Lane died as the results of a hot headed kid who needs help! I live every day without my son ... I hope (name) never forgets he took another life. I pray he gets help!!”
In another post on the same day, she added: “No one wants (name) to die for what has happened! & I myself dont wish prison on him but he needs to know that there is results to ones actions! He killed another humon & that's a fact! He needs help ... & to own up to what he did!!!”
An autopsy report shows Lane died of head and neck injuries due to blunt force trauma.
The manner of death was ruled a homicide.
He “was lifted, his head was up and his head was allegedly slammed down on the padded carpeted concrete floor,” the report states.
Lane had suffered a head injury several days before the incident while wrestling at a school tournament and didn't report any complaints or symptoms, the report states.