TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Governor Laura Kelly has ordered the Department for Children and Families to investigate a private foster care agency’s handling of the case of Cedric Lofton.

Governer Kelly released the following statement on Monday:

“This situation is tragic, and we must find a way to ensure something like this never happens again. I’ve also directed the Department for Children and Families to thoroughly investigate this case to ensure policy and procedures were properly followed, and to determine if these processes need to be changed or refined.

In the meantime, I look forward to hearing recommendations from the District Attorney, the Legislature, and advocates on ways we can clarify or modify this law.”

Governor Laura Kelly

Lofton is a 17-year old who died following a physical struggle with staff at the Sedgwick County Juvenile Intake and Assessment Center.

Last Tuesday, Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett said he wouldn’t file criminal charges. He said the state’s “stand-your-ground” law prevents him from bringing any charges in the death of Cedric Lofton because staff members were protecting themselves.