DETROIT, MI – Mumford High School swimming teacher Kareem Sigler, 47-year-old, has been charged with the drowning death of his student De’Sean Blanding, 15-years-old, both of Detroit.
On Monday February 24th, 2020, De’Sean Blanding was a swimming student in Kareem Sigler’s 11:20 a.m. class at Mumford High School, located at 17525 Wyoming Avenue in Detroit.
It is alleged that sometime after the class started, Kareem Sigler was in another room when a student notified him that De’Sean Blanding was at the bottom of the pool. Sigler dove into the water and, with the help of other students, pulled the victim out. The teachert instructed the students to call 911 while he rendered medical assistance. At 12:15 p.m., medics arrived at the scene and transported De’Sean Blanding to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
It is alleged that Kareem Sigler was grossly negligent by failing to supervise his student, De’Sean Blanding, which resulted in his death.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Kareem Sigler with Involuntary Manslaughter, a felony with a 15-year maximum penalty, under the theory of gross negligence. Arrangements are being made for his arraignment on the warrant in 36th District Court.
Prosecutor Worthy said, “We are alleging that the evidence in this case shows that the death of Mr. Blanding could have been prevented. While swimming pools are certainly desirable, they can also be death traps without proper, necessary, and needed supervision and preparedness.”
Kareem Sigler will be arraigned in 36th District Court after 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 13th, 2020.
The court is allowing the attorneys on the case to handle the arraignment via telephone; there will not be a Zoom hearing. The defendant is represented by Attorney Anthony Adams.
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