Arkansas residents may have heard that Bobbi Kristina Brown, the only child of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, died in Atlanta in July after spending months in a medically induced coma. Now, the administrator of Brown's estate has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against her boyfriend at the time, Nick Gordon, alleging that he caused the injuries that led to her death.
According to the lawsuit, Gordon and Brown got into an argument on Jan. 31 that progressed to him beating her, drugging her with a "toxic cocktail" and placing her unconscious body face-down in a bathtub filled with cold water. The alleged incident, which occurred at the couple's townhouse in Roswell, Georgia, caused Brown to suffer brain damage.
The complaint, which was filed in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, also alleges that Gordon physically abused Brown on other occasions and that he repeatedly stole money from her bank accounts. The lawsuit is seeking at least $10 million in damages. Gordon's legal team called the complaint "slanderous and meritless."
After Brown was hospitalized, police questioned Gordon about bruises found on her chest. He reportedly told authorities that they were from CPR, and he was never charged with any crime. An autopsy was conducted after Brown's death, but experts said the amount of time that passed between the Jan. 31 incident and her death may make it difficult to determine exactly what happened.
Arkansas families who lose a loved one due to the negligent actions of another party may wish to consult with an attorney. A wrongful death lawsuit may be pursued even in cases where police choose not to file criminal charges. If the suit proves to be successful, a victim's family could be awarded compensation for loss of companionship and other damages.
Source: CNN, "Lawsuit alleges Bobbi Kristina Brown's boyfriend gave her 'toxic cocktail,'" Melissa Gray, August 8, 2015