Background on the case of Brady Folkens, who died in state custody while being incarcerated at the STAR facility in Custer. Wochit
Dawn Van Ballegooyen of Brookings holds a photograph of her son, Brady Folkens, who died in December 2013. He got sick at a state-run institution in Custer, where he had been sent because of truancy and marijuana infractions.(Photo: Steve Young / Argus Leader)Buy Photo
A Brookings woman who filed suit against the state after her son died in state custody is denying claims that she stalked and harassed a doctor and lawyer associated with the case.
Dr. Raed Sulaiman and lawyer Gary Thimsen filed protection orders against Dawn Van Ballegooyen in Minnehaha County Court alleging that Van Ballegooyen is a threat to their safety. Sulaiman is a pathologist who performed the autopsy on Van Ballegooyen’s son, Brady Folkens, who died in 2013 after falling ill at the State Treatment and Rehabilitation Academy in Custer. Thimsen is defending the state.
They say that Van Ballegooyen attempted to break into Sulaiman’s lab on the night of Feb. 28. She was spotted again near the Avera McKennan Hospital cafeteria on March 1, according to documents filed for the protection orders.
Van Ballegooyen says she was home in Brookings Feb. 28 watching “Full House” and “Survivor” on TV and then fell asleep.
“I have no clue,” she said in response to the allegations. “I wasn’t there.”
Sam Clemens, a spokesman for the Sioux Falls Police Department, said in an email that the incident is under investigation. Van Ballegooyen says she has not been contacted by police.