The family of a nursing home patient who was fatally shot last year is holding the nursing home responsible for not recognizing the erratic behavior of the man’s murderer, his nurse who committed suicide immediately after.
Michael Kinney, son of victim Howard Kinney, says in a lawsuit that the Abington Manor nursing home in Scranton, Pennsylvania, failed to properly address the situation that left two people dead.
Aimee Larkin, a licensed nurse, killed Howard Kinney before shooting herself in November 2013. The lawsuit says she had brought a gun into the facility previously and says she was “acting strange,” before the shooting. The lawsuit asserts the facility should have recognized Larkin was emotionally unfit, according to the Times-Tribune.
The lawsuit is backed by police testimonies from numerous facility employees, the Times-Tribune reported. Michael Kinney and his family believe the center should have recognized that Larkin posed a dangerous risk to patients.
Police found an empty bottle of vodka in Larkin’s car after the shootings, according to the Times-Tribune.
The suit says Howard Kinney was forced to live in unsanitary conditions and wasn’t offered adequate care or therapy because of understaffing. The suit seeks negligence, wrongful death, and punitive damages, according to the Times-Tribune.
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