Estate of Clyde Knowles v. East Alabama Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board & Waverly House Group Home

Estate of Clyde Knowles v. East Alabama Mental Health-Mental Retardation Board & Waverly House Group Home

LEE COUNTY SETTLEMENT OF $300,000

Clyde Knowles’ estate received a settlement of $300,000 after the Waverly House Group Home, an assisted residence home for the mentally ill, allowed Clyde to leave the facility undetected. Although Clyde was not a court-committed patient, his family was assured that he would be supervised at all times. On the evening before his disappearance, Clyde exhibited strange behavior that should have alerted the staff. The staff did not secure Clyde’s room nor did they contact his family. He escaped through a window early the next morning. His body was found several months later. His cause of death was undetermined.

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