RIPLEY — A Jackson County child and her parents are suing the county board of education and a former teacher, alleging their negligence led to injuries to the child. 

Chloe Addison Hayman, a minor, who sues through her father, Carl Hayman, and Joan Hayman, filed a complaint Dec. 30 in Jackson Circuit Court against the Jackson County Board of Education and Nathan Corathers, alleging failure to provide a safe and secure premises.

According to the complaint, as a result of the board of education's negligence, in December 2015, the child, a sophomore at Ravenswood High School, was abducted and sexually abused by Corathers. The suit says the plaintiffs suffered great physical, mental and emotional injuries and distress. 

The plaintiffs allege the board of education failed to protect the minor child from injuries inflicted by other persons and failed to adequately monitor the activities of Corathers.

The Haymans seek trial by jury, judgment, jointly and severally, for compensatory and punitive damages, attorney fees and costs of court, plus all other required relief. They are represented by attorney William O. Merriman Jr. of Parkersburg.

Jackson Circuit Court Case number 16--c-130

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