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Parents Of Boys Who Died Of Overdose File Suits Against Each Other


Almost exactly two years ago, two 13-year-old boys, friends at Treasure Mountain Junior High, Grant Seaver and Ryan Ainsworth, died within days of each other after ingesting a synthetic opioid known as “pink”.

Now the parents of the two boys have filed lawsuits against each other.

Last spring, Grant Seaver’s parents filed a wrongful-death suit against the parents of four of their son’s friends, including the parents of Ryan Ainsworth, and claimed that the adults were guilty of negligent supervision.

Now, Ryan’s father, Robert Ainsworth, has alleged that the Seavers are guilty of the same thing.

Ainsworth’s litigation, filed on September 12th, noted that he was Ryan’s custodial parent. It refers to both boys just by their initials.

The lawsuit says that Grant Seaver died on September 11th, 2016 from ingesting U-47700, a super strong opioid made in China and shipped to the U.S. for recreational use.

It says that the Seaver’s suit, earlier this year, charged that Ainsworth and other parents should have known of their children’s dealing with drugs, and had a duty to communicate with police, community leaders and other parents.

Now, Ainsworth, in his suit, charges that the Seavers should have known their son was using illegal drugs, including “pink”. It says a Google Chat message between the boys on September 10th suggests that Grant had a supply of U-47700 at school that day and had shared it with Ryan.

The lawsuit claims on September 11th, after Grant’s overdose death, the Seavers should have known that both boys had obtained the drug. They allegedly told third parties that Ryan may be at risk but didn’t tell Mr. Ainsworth.

The suit said that Ryan overdosed on U-47700 on September 13th.

The lawsuit, alleging Negligence, is asking for damages for medical and funeral expenses, loss of earnings and pain and suffering.

Known for getting all the facts right, as well as his distinctive sign-off, Rick covered Summit County meetings and issues for 35 years on KPCW. He now heads the Friday Film Review team.
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