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Nancy Benoit’s Parents Comtemplating Civil Lawsuit

Nancy Benoit’s parents said through their attorney that they were unaware that their grandson had a rare medical condition called Fragile X Syndrome, an inherited form of mental retardation often accompanied by autism. On Thursday, Jerry McDevitt, an attorney for Chris Benoit’s employer, World Wrestling Entertainment, said Daniel Benoit had the condition, and added that Chris and Nancy Benoit had argued over whether he should stay home more to take care of their son. But Atlanta-based lawyer Richard Decker, who represents Paul and Maureen Toffoloni, told ESPN.com’s Elizabeth Merrill that the grandparents babysat often for Daniel and noticed no medical issues.

“To them, he’s always been a normal, healthy, happy child with no signs of illness,” Decker said. “And that’s not from a distance. That’s from day-to-day contact. “There has been a lot of speculation and rumor in the media that is doing nothing to advance the investigation and doing everything to cause the Toffolonis intense pain.” The Toffolonis, Decker told Merrill, are “grieving and trying to keep a low profile.” They have asked Decker to investigate a possible civil lawsuit, and he is waiting for the investigation to conclude. “We’re trying to stay out of their way right now,” Decker said. “In the meantime, Maureen and Paul and Sandra [Nancy’s sister] have asked me to ask members of the media and public to remember that this is an investigation of the death of their daughter and only grandchild. And even though Chris and Nancy led public lives, the family, specifically Daniel, did not lead a public life.”

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