Case management conference set in mother's suit against Madison County Juvenile Detention Home

Amelia Flood Mar. 24, 2011, 8:17am


A case management conference is set in a suit brought by the mother of a boy she claims was wrongly arrested by the Litchfield Police Department and then taken to the Madison County Juvenile Detention Home for more than 80 hours.

The conference in the suit brought by plaintiff Sandra Becker on behalf of her son, Eric Becker, is set for 9 a.m. on March 30.

Sandra Becker is suing the police department, the juvenile detention home, Litchfield police officer Corey Bilyue and officer Eric Jolly for damages in excess of $300,000 and other relief.

The defendants have moved to dismiss the suit claiming the actions they took were proper because Eric Becker was under arrest when they occurred.

According to the complaint, Bilyue arrested Eric Becker following an argument among a group of children at a Litchfield Dairy Queen store.
A rock was allegedly thrown during the incident and Eric Becker was suspected of having thrown it.

His mother claims that her son was held even after another child confessed to throwing the rock.

Jolley eventually transported the boy to the detention home where he was held for 86 hours.

The charges were later dropped.

Sandra Becker claims the incarceration caused her son extreme emotional distress and anxiety.

The defendants counter that there was cause to arrest Eric Becker and to hold him.

They also claim immunity from the suit's claims under the Local Governmental and Governmental Employees Tort Immunity Act.

Madison County Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian presides.

Kent Follmer represents the Beckers.

John Gilbert and George Casson represent the defendants.

The case is Madison case number 10-L-1125.

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