Mother of slain Cocke Co. foster child files lawsuit

By: Brian Gregory Email
By: Brian Gregory Email

MORRISTOWN, Tenn (WVLT) The mother of a child who died in the care of a Hamblen County foster family has filed a $40 million dollar lawsuit.

Shelly Shelton, of Cocke County, is Jordan Kaleb Shelton's biological mother.

Her lawsuit lists Jordan's foster parents Kenneth Wayne Taylor and Lisa Taylor, and the company that handles private child placement for the State of Tennessee, Omni Vision, Incorporated, as defendants.

Her $40 million dollar lawsuit claims the Taylors are responsible for the death of Jordan Shelton, 16, and Omni Vision failed to supervise and monitor Jordan's care with the Taylors.

The lawsuit alleges that prior to Jordan's death, Omni had received complaints about other children in the Taylors' care, but still placed Jordan Shelteon with them.

Shelly Shelton's asking a jury be chosen to make a decision in the case.

Meanwhile, Kenneth Taylor is facing a reckless homicide criminal charge in connection with Jordan Shelton's death.

Hamblen County Sheriff's investigators say Kenneth Taylor put Jordan Shelton in a chokehold on November 28th.

Shelton died of strangulation.

Taylor is due in court on January 17th, 2008, for a preliminary hearing.


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  • by kaylee goforth Location: morristown tn on Jan 19, 2008 at 06:36 PM
    i think she should sue the state of tn. he was put in the care of tn. yes he should have stayed with his mom, but tn was suppose to watch over him and protect him. his death has had no justice yet, but as soon as the murderer is put behind bars then yes. Justice will be served. as for his mother getting money. she should. the least thing that tn could do for her is help her pay for all the bills left from his funeral because of their mistake. the fact of the matter is is that tn screwed up and so did Omni because of their refusal to look into a situation that was complained on for days on top of days. i am a friend of Jordan and he did not deserve for tn and Omni to look over the complaints made.
  • by jennifer Location: Tn on Dec 19, 2007 at 07:24 PM
    dear, bbop 1981 Location: Lenoir City I work for this company and I think they are one of the best in the bussiness. I have worked for a few other angencies and this is by far the best one yet. The do check caregivers out very well. They have many checks to make sure there is no problems. btw there are people that don't do it just for the money! I love them just like my own.
  • by Tom Location: Franklin, TN on Dec 19, 2007 at 07:18 PM
    IMO she is trying to make a buck off of this horibble tragity. This is a very rare instance in this line of work. The company really could not have done much else. Why was her boy in foster care anyway. Why could she not take care of her own child. Why should taxpayers be paying for someone else to care for her child?
  • by K Location: Cosby on Dec 19, 2007 at 08:28 AM
    Why was this boy in a foster home to begin with. 40 Million dollars is not going to bring back this ladies son, nor do I think she deserves it. If she truly wanted to honor her son she should try to get policys changed so that this doesnt happen to another child. She could also start a scolarship in his honor. This should not have happened and its very sad. Someone needs to do something to assure this doesnt happen again. 40 Million dollars to a lady who put her son in foster care is not the way to fix this problem.
  • by bbop 1981 Location: Lenoir City on Dec 18, 2007 at 04:59 PM
    They should have left the boy at his home with his own mother at least he would still be alive that tells you how good they check out these people who want to be foster parents some do it just to have extra money coming into the house
  • by kay Location: knoxville on Dec 18, 2007 at 04:36 PM
    where was she when he needed her most? she only cared about herself and now she cares about the money she could get because he died.

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