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Mother of murdered Milford teen says school was warned about attacker beforehand

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The mother of Maren Sanchez, who was murdered in the halls of her high school, has filed a lawsuit. (Family photo) The mother of Maren Sanchez, who was murdered in the halls of her high school, has filed a lawsuit. (Family photo)
Christopher Plaskon faces 25-year prison sentence after accepting a plea deal.(WFSB file photo) Christopher Plaskon faces 25-year prison sentence after accepting a plea deal.(WFSB file photo)
MILFORD, CT (WFSB) -

The mother of a Milford high school student who was murdered in the halls of her high school claims her daughter warned the school about her attacker.

Donna Cimarelli-Sanchez, mother of 16-year-old Maren Sanchez, filed a lawsuit against the city of Milford, school officials, the suspect in the case and the suspect’s parents.

Christopher Plaskon recently accepted a plea deal that could land him a 25-year prison sentence.

Prosecutors said he stabbed Maren Sanchez to death at Jonathan Law High School in April 2014.

According to the suit, Maren Sanchez warned school officials about Plaskon months before the stabbing happened.

It claims that in Nov. 2013, Maren Sanchez became aware that Plaskon was emotionally disturbed, cut himself with a knife and threatened to commit suicide. 

She allegedly reported the information to a guidance counselor “in order to help Christopher Plaskon.”

Upon learning that information, the suit claims the school was supposed to report that information to the Department of Children and Families, but failed to do so. The suit said Plaskon’s guidance counselor informed his parents.

Plaskon was then absent from school for a week.

When he returned, the suit said Plaskon engaged in “self-harming behavior, including cutting himself with a knife.”

“After returning to school in late 2013, Christopher Plaskon began bringing a knife to school with him,” the suit continued.

The lawsuit alleges, school administrators along with the Department of Children and Families were not contacted, Plaskon wasn't evaluated by the school nurse and no safety plan was put in place. 

"No one in the Milford Public School System took any action upon Christopher Plaskon's return to school to verify that it was safe for him to attend school and that he was not at substantial risk for inflicting harm upon himself or others."

On the morning of the junior prom, Plaskon allegedly stabbed Sanchez a number of times. His attorney's said he was suffering from mental disease and defect.

The result was the death of Maren Sanchez, supposedly because of a prom invitation rejection.

“We feel there was an opportunity here for the school system and Plaskon’s parents to intervene to prevent Maren’s death from happening," Cimarelli-Sanchez said. "We’re bringing this lawsuit to make sure that reports like the one Maren made are properly handled and that parents and school personnel will respond to protect minor children from terrible injury and death.”

Anthony Bonadies, who is the attorney representing Sanchez's father, said Maren was robbed of her adolescence and adult life.

Milford Superintendent of Schools Dr. Elizabeth Feser released a statement on the lawsuit on Wednesday. 

"Maren was an intelligent, vibrant, warm, caring and talented young woman whose life was tragically taken. Our hearts and prayers continue to go out for her, her family and all those still healing. With respect to the legal process, we will refrain on commenting on this case and allow the judicial system to determine the outcome."

Plaskon will be sentenced in June. Sanchez's family is expected to address the court that day.

To read the full lawsuit, click here. 

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