Teenager Hannah Smith has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and her father, alleging she was beaten, threatened, and threatened with a gun when she went missing from her family’s home.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in Palm Beach, Florida.
Smith, who is now 19, told The Associated Press she and her parents were home when her father took them to a police station and then told them to report that she was missing.
When Smith refused, the officers threatened to shoot her father in front of her, according to the lawsuit, filed Monday.
Smith was arrested after the incident and was held at a police facility until a court hearing on Feb. 23.
The next day, the family’s attorney, Robert B. Salladino, told the AP his client was released from the facility.
The case was first reported by the Palm Beachers Times newspaper.
“Hannah Smith has been subjected to vicious, repeated and persistent physical and verbal abuse by her father,” the lawsuit said.
Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment. “
She has been deprived of the rights to a fair trial and the right to an attorney.”
Police did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Palm Beach Police Department did not respond to multiple requests for comment Tuesday.
The suit does not allege any criminal wrongdoing.
It says that when police arrived at the house to investigate a reported domestic violence incident, Smith was nowhere to be found.
It also claims that Smith was forced to stand on a table, facing the officers and crying as the officers kicked her.
She then was hit with a wooden chair and threatened that if she did not comply with their commands, they would “put her in the back of a patrol car and shoot her,” the suit said.
Sargent said he did not know how many times the officers had beaten Smith during the incident.
“It’s very troubling that a young girl was left without her mother, father, and friends,” he said.
Smith’s parents filed a $5 million wrongful death suit against the sheriff’s department and Palm Beach Gardens police, alleging that the department violated her rights and her civil rights.
In a news release issued Tuesday, the Sheriff’s Department said it is investigating the allegations.
The department did not return calls for comment from The Associated Post.