Annie Cosby Jan. 23, 2014, 9:00am

The legal guardian of a ward is the Chicago Board of Education after a girl allegedly sustained injury at the hands of her teacher.

Debra Dyer-Webster, as guardian administrator for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, and the minor ward filed a lawsuit Jan. 3 in the Cook County Circuit Court against the Board of Education and Antonio Hoskins.

According to the complaint, the minor, a special needs student at Wendell Phillips Academy, sustained injury when Hoskins assaulted the girl. The suit states the assault included punching, kicking, swearing, grabbing, body-slamming and stomping on the girl.

The suit accuses the Board of Education of willful and wanton conduct in failing to provide a safe setting for the minor, as well as in its hiring and retention. The plaintiffs accuse Hoskins of willful and wanton conduct in verbally and physically assaulting the girl, as well as negligence.

Dyer-Webster and the minor are seeking more than $50,000 in damages. They are being represented in the case by attorney Corry Keilin of Tribler Orpett & Meyer P.C.

Cook County Circuit Court Case No. 2014L000054.

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Cook County Circuit Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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