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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