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Monday, January 14, 2019

NY: Parents Sue Supportive Living Center for Negligence, Mishandling of Son's Body

A Troy non-profit supportive living center has been sued by the parents of a former resident.  The plaintiff's decedent completed rehabilitation for drug addiction and then moved into the facility in November 2017.  His parents last spoke to him on December 3 of that year.  Around 6 days later, when no one had heard from him, the parents asked the facility where their son was.  A staff member allegedly informed the parents their son had left several days earlier.   On Jan. 11, 2018, they learned the truth: Raolik had never left the facility.  A pest control worker entered his room and found his body on the bed.  Allegedly staff members were checking the wrong room.  The condition of the body made it difficult to determine a cause of death, but it appears the man died of a heart attack on December 4, 2017.  Toxicologists found no traces of illicit drugs in his system.  The Times Union has the story, including a copy of the suit.

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