Mother of autistic 7-year-old found in Texas City pond files $25M lawsuit against apartment complex



The mother of a 7-year-old autistic boy who drowned in a retention pond at a Texas City apartment complex has filed a $25 million lawsuit against the property owner, saying they failed to provide safety measures that could have prevented his death.

Xavion Young was reported missing after he disappeared from his home Jan. 6 at the NRP Costa Mariposa Apartments off Medical Center Drive. His body was pulled from a retention pond on the  complex property a day later, according to previous reporting by the Chronicle.

Jarrisa Young, the boy’s mother, filed suit on July 30, accusing the company of gross negligence in his death. She said she asked the property owners several times to modify her apartment and add a  keyed lock to her door to ensure her disabled son would be safe and could not reach it. The young boy was diagnosed with autism at a young age and had “reduced cognitive abilities” that caused him to be entirely non-verbal, according to court records.


She said she complied with the company’s request to provide medical records to  prove Xavion was disabled and required a keyed lock. But when she offered the records she had, she said, the company said they would obtain the required information themselves, court records show.

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Young alleges because her request for the maintenance repairs were never met,  her son was able to leave their home and accidentally drown in the retention pond, according to court records.

The lawsuit also blames the complex for its operation of the retention pond for Xavion’s death. According to court records, the fence surrounding the pond was “defective” due to an opening that can potentially allow children to slip through to get to the water. The lawsuit also claims the pond is not protected by any safety devices or warning signs that could indicate potential danger.

Xavion left his home to go play with geese at the pond, his family said in the lawsuit.

“Xavion did not and was not able to appreciate the risks involved in playing in the area or attempting to play with the geese near such a large body of water,” court documents state.

The company that manages the complex, NRP Group, released a statement about the incident to ABC13 in January:


Our thoughts remain with Xavion’s family during this difficult time. Investigations are currently ongoing, and therefore, we are unable to provide any further comment at this time.

The apartment complex has not responded to the Chronicle’s request for comment as of Tuesday afternoon.

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