Relatives of a 63-year-old Rochester woman who died three years ago have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a foster care facility for the elderly.
The lawsuit alleges that staff at the Rehoboth Disabled & Elderly Foster Care in Rochester failed to make sure Cletus Ilene Sedlacek was on 24-hour oxygen the morning of Aug. 7, 2006, as required.
She was found at 9:41 a.m. that day, lying face down in the yard. She died seven days later at Saint Marys Hospital.
Her daughter, Veronica Lynn Mahoney, who is trustee for the heirs, has filed the civil lawsuit against the facility and its owners, DeAnn and Armin Schrimpf of Oronoco and DeAnn Schrimpf's daughter, Amanda Beery.
The multi-count complaint alleges negligence, wrongful death, negligent training and supervision of staff, medical malpractice and fraud.
Mark Solheim of St. Paul, attorney for the defendants, said Minnesota and federal law prohibits him from disclosing information related to Sedlacek's medical condition and her residency at the group home.
"But I can tell you the allegations that have been alleged against my clients will be vigorously defended. We do not believe my client deviated from the standard of care," he said. "We believe the plaintiffs claim damages that are grossly overstated."
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Family Sues Foster Home Over Woman's Death