Last year, “The Young and the Restless” star Kristoff St. John’s 24-year-old son, Julian St. John, tragically committed suicide while staying at a mental facility. Although it’s been months since his son’s death, St. John is now speaking out against the hospital and blaming the facility for his son’s death.
As previously reported, Julian asphyxiated himself with a plastic bag at La Casa Mental Health Hospital in Long Beach, California, in November 2014.
According to TMZ, St. John has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the facility for failing to properly monitor his son while he was on suicide watch.
According to the lawsuit, Julian had tried to kill himself in the same manner just three weeks before his death. And although he was at a high risk for suicide, St. John says the facility failed to remove trash bags from his room.
In the suit, St. John also claims that the staff falsified records about Julian. Nurses were supposed to check on Julian every 15 minutes to make sure he wasn’t harming himself, but records show they were instead logging welfare checks.
According to the records, Julian was pronounced dead at 1:44 p.m., but nurses had logged six welfare checks between 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
St. John says the facility was negligent of his son’s needs and that if they had “acted with even the slighted regard for Julian’s safety, he would still be alive today.”
Our sympathies goes out to St. John over this tragedy and we hope he finds the closure he’s looking for.