Watlington family sues McGregor Baptist, SFCA

FOX 4 Staff

Charles and Alda Watlington, Jesse's parents

Watlington family sues McGregor Baptist, SFCA

CREATED Nov. 19, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov. 19, 2012

FORT MYERS, Fla. - The parents of Jesse Watlington, the boy stuck and killed by lightning, announced plans to file a multi million dollar wrongful death lawsuit against McGregor Baptist Church and Southwest Florida Christian Academy for their son's death.

Charles and Alda Watlington stood behind prominent attorney Willie Gary this morning in front of the Lee County Courthouse as plans for the lawsuit were unveiled.

The family is suing for three main reasons.  The school did not have a lightning detector.  Neither coach at the practice knew CPR.  Finally, the school did not have a defibrillator on site.

The Watlington's attorney will not specify exactly how much they are seeking in this case. He does feel Jesse would be alive today if proper precautions were taken,

11-year-old Jesse was struck and killed by lightning in October during football practice at Southwest Florida Christian Academy.

The boy's father, speaking exclusively to FOX 4 News last week said, "Our hearts have been torn out of our chests. All four of us were one. I always had a worry that I would die of a heart attack or a stroke before he would grow up to reach the age of 18. So my prayer is constantly, 'please lord allow me to live long enough to see him grow up and have kids and little did I know it would be the other way around." 

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