Missouri Mother Sues Over The Death Of Her Disabled Son - KOAM TV 7

Missouri Mother Sues Over The Death Of Her Disabled Son


    The mother of a developmentally disabled Missouri man whose body was found encased in concrete alleges he died from injuries suffered after being forced to fight another resident of the private care home where he lived.
    Carolyn Summers, the mother of Carl DeBrodie, of Fulton, also alleges in a federal lawsuit that government agencies responsible for her son didn't provide required care and didn't check up on DeBrodie for months, as required by state law.
    DeBrodie's body was found in April 2017 encased in concrete in a container inside a storage area, months after he went missing.
    The body was so badly decomposed that investigators determined he had been dead for months.
    No one has been arrested or charged in DeBrodie's death.
    Summers' attorney, Rudy Viet, says the man's life could have been saved if nurses and employees who were supposed to care for him had responded to his deteriorating health.
    Viet says DeBrodie's caregivers should have removed him from the Second Chances home after he suffered broken ribs and other medical issues.
    Instead, according to the lawsuit, DeBrodie and another man were taken to the house of two Second Chances employees and required to do manual labor and fight each other for their captors' amusement.
    Viet says injuries from the fight and DeBrodie's failing health contributed to his death. He says DeBrodie would not have died if he had been removed from the Second Chances home and received treatment.
The amended lawsuit names the owners of the home and several county and state officials and departments, and moves the case from Callaway County Circuit Court.


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