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Mother sues VCU School of Dentistry

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – The mother of a 6-year-old who died after a dental procedure has filed suit against the VCU School of Dentistry. Jacobi Hill died last may while having his teeth worked on at the VCU Dental Clinic.  

Jacobi Hill's mother is suing a dentist, his staff and the VCU Dental Faculty Practice Association for $5 million. She has told us the suit is not about the money...it's about getting answers to her son's death. 

A year to the day little 6-year-old Jacobi Hill died after a dental procedure, his mother filed suit. 

"I want to know what happened to my child. I need answers," said Jacobi's mother Crystal Lewis. 

She spoke to us May 11th as she and family members released balloons over Hill's gravesite. 

In the lawsuit, the family alleges the dentist, his nurses and the medical center negligently diagnosed, treated and cared for Hill. 

"When it happened nobody had any answers and if they was to put themselves in my shoes they would want to know what happened to their child," Lewis said. 

NBC12 legal expert Steven Benjamin says it's up to the family to prove the dentist did something wrong. 

"Instead what the survivors have to prove is that the dentist, or his folks working with him, failed to do something that they're required to do," Benjamin said. 

A VCU spokesperson said the university cannot comment on pending litigation. The medical examiner did rule the child died of natural causes. There was an internal investigation and VCU's Dental Clinic was not held responsible for Hill's death. 

Although the family is suing for $5 million, under Virginia law, the most that can be recovered is $2 million. 

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