The Young and the Restless actor says the center could have done more to prevent his son's death
The Young and the Restless actor Kristoff St. John has filed a lawsuit against the mental health center that was treating his son Julian St. John, who died in the facility Nov. 23, for negligence and wrongful death.
Court papers obtained by PEOPLE allege that nurses discovered Julian, 24, face down on the floor of his bathroom with a plastic bag over his head less than three weeks after he attempted to kill himself in the “same place in the same fashion.”
The suit also states that nurses and staff member “regularly skipped mandatory check-ins and regularly falsified documents in order to cover up their neglect.”
Julian was admitted to La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center in Long Beach, California, on Sept. 10, 2014, and was diagnosed with schizophrenia.
Las Casa responded to the suit in a statement.
“The California Department of Health Care Services reviewed the case and on May 5, 2015 found that La Casa was in compliance with all applicable licensing laws and regulations,” the center said. “Similarly, the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health concluded that Mr. St. John s treatment and care at La Casa was reasonable and in line with clinical procedures, given his mental condition.”