The Daily News reports that the suit was filed last week in Queens Supreme Court, claiming that negligence exhibited by the city, the Department of Education, the NYPD and an assortment of individuals ultimately led to Avonte's death. The teen went missing from the Riverview School in Long Island City on October 4th of last year. His remains were recovered in College Point, Queens on January 16th, after a lengthy search orchestrated by the NYPD.
In December a lawyer for the family said that Avonte walked by the building's main security desk twice before ultimately running out of the building via a door that had been left ajar. There was no indication in the DOE report that police were called until an hour after the teen went missing. An attorney for Avonte's mother, Vanessa Fontaine, says the suit seeks $25 million in damages.
A spokesperson from the city's Law Department tells us in a statement, "This involves a tragic incident and we will review the lawsuit."