A Colorado mother alleges The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and one of its youth leaders are responsible for her son's drowning during a boat outing at Quail Creek State Park last summer.
Tory Jones, 17, was living in Hurricane with his father and grandparents. He went with John Robert Sorenson, an LDS Church youth leader, and five other youths to the reservoir on Aug. 4, 2011, according to a civil complaint filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court by Tammy Jones. The reservoir is located about 13 miles northeast of St. George.
Sorenson dropped Tory in the water at least 50 yards from shore around 7:30 p.m. and took off in the boat with two other boys to wakeboard near the dam, a court document states. Tory, who was not equipped with a personal flotation device, began to experience difficulty swimming and called out to three youths on the shore for help, according to the court filing. It says the boys heard Tory call out but, after seeing him leave the boat, did not see him in the water.