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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
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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.

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