A Columbus woman files a federal lawsuit, claiming a Columbus police detective didn't do his job.
Bernadine Kennedy Kent, along with her attorney Bob Fitrakis, filed the lawsuit Monday morning, saying her civil rights were violated.
The case surrounds a criminal complaint she made in March 2013, as she set out to rescue two girls she claims were being abused inside a home.
The girls belong to a woman who Kent said she used to have as a former student in the public school system.
Kent said that when she heard of the possible abuse, she went to a Columbus police detective with what she said was evidence that should have opened an investigation and led to the children being removed from the home immediately.
"We talked a lot about what he was going to do next. He told me he was going to children services," Kent said.
She said she believes he did, and she did, too. But it is what she says didn't happen in her mind that led her to file a lawsuit.
"We think when someone makes a criminal complaint, it should be in the system, part of the uniform crime report," Fitrakis said.
Fitrakis said that he still isn't sure what is in the file on the case, because when he requested to see the incident packet, he got a case that wasn't Kent's.
"The sad part is we have to file a federal lawsuit just to find out what Columbus police is up to," Fitrakis said.
Because the lawsuit hasn't been reviewed by the legal department with the City of Columbus, NBC4 is not reporting on the name of the detective named in the suit.
NBC4 has learned that the complaint filed to the Columbus Division of Police by Kent is being looked at by the internal investigation unit, the lawsuit was filed at 10:40 a.m. Monday morning.
Kent said that she wants the children to be safe, and now she is also seeking damages in her suit.
"I feel my constitutional right to have my grievances redressed were ignored, it was so devastating, we did everything we were supposed to do," Kent said.
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