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Parents ‘ lawsuit says son was baptized against their will

CLEVELAND – The parents of a mentally disabled boy in Ohio have sued his court-appointed guardian, a minister and the child, the Big Brother who claimed that he was baptized in a church last year against the couple’s wishes.

The lawsuit filed Monday in U. S. District Court in Cleveland in April and Gregg DeFibaugh, of Chardon, claims of their right of freedom of religion were violated by individuals “acting under the color of state law.”

None of the individuals or groups named as defendants immediately return messages seeking comment.

The lawsuit says a man from a local Big Brothers Big Sisters group took the boy without his parents to a church picnic in Chardon, last August and threatened to stop taking him to minor league baseball games, unless he was baptized.

The suit wants unspecified damage.

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