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Father Suspicious of School Care

A father has lingering suspicions a year after his daughter was seriously hurt. He thinks it happened while she was at school and under teacher supervision.

Keith Gerlock's daughter Makayla is a little girl who must be handled with care. She can't speak because of her extreme cerebral palsy. The condition confines her to a wheelchair and her bones are paper thin, according to her dad.

"Just moving her can break her leg," said Gerlock.

She was a student at South Park Elementary in Pueblo. She attended a special needs program. Keith said things went wrong in May of 2010.

"I lifted her pant leg off. Her leg was broken," said Keith.

She reportedly had a serious break in her femur. Keith believes it must have happened sometime after he dropped Makayla off, but he says the substitute teacher and assistant, told him nothing.

Keith said he wasn't getting answers from the school, so he went to police and filed a report. Officers began looking into the matter. Teachers were interviewed and so was Keith. The district attorney's office later decided there was no grounds to move forward with a criminal case.

"We feel the issue is closed," said D-60 spokesperson Greg Sinn. "It's an unfortunate situation and we feel sorry for the family but we feel the district has done everything it could have done to help the situation."

Sinn says based on the results of an internal investigation and the conclusion by police, the district stands behind the staff the supervised Makayla the day her leg was broken.

Keith says he isn't so sure and thinks he may never know what really happened to Makayla. He has tried to sue District 60 but hasn't found an attorney willing to take his case. He says he has until May of 2012 to file a civil suit.


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