Autopsy results for a 17-year-old girl who suddenly collapsed and died at her Utah boarding school were released nearly four months after her death.
Taylor Goodridge’s parents said they were “devastated” to learn their daughter had died of peritonitis, an abdominal infection that eventually led to blood poisoning and organ failure.
A lawsuit filed by Goodridge’s father has accused Diamond Ranch Academy of looking at the other when his daughter tried to get help.
Diamond Ridge Academy serves as a therapeutic boarding school and inpatient treatment center.
The school promises parents “that students will be allowed to provide for their basic health needs,” court filings say.
However, Dean Goodridge claimed in the document that the school “failed in its duty” to him and his daughter and should be held responsible for their tragic deaths.
The lawsuit found that the young woman was in good health when she started attending school.
“As of November 2022, Taylor began experiencing extreme abdominal pain. The pain became so unbearable that Taylor asked DRA staff for help,” the complaint reads.
The legal notice indicates that staff did not offer Goodridge proper treatment even when she began to show obvious physical signs of illness.
“At one point, Taylor collapsed in her vomit. Taylor continued to ask for help, these complaints were ignored by DRA staff,” the complaint continued.
Goodridge was reportedly told she was “faking it” and had to “suck it up,” according to the legal document.
The court complaint also alleged that Goodridge’s father received false information about his daughter’s death.
“The DRA then called her father and told him she had died in hospital of a heart attack. Unbeknownst to the plaintiff, Taylor was dead before she left the DRA.”
Goodridge’s father is seeking general and special damages of an amount that must be proven in court and punitive damages of an amount sufficient to penalize the school.
In the meantime, the school remains open, but the Utah Department of Health and Human Services has placed its license on “conditional status.”