Parents Sue Treatment Center In Utah

July 22, 2021

The parents of a student from Bermuda who died in a treatment centre in Utah in 2019 are suing the facility, with the Utah media reporting that they are “alleging the treatment center should have done more to prevent their child’s death.”

This is according to reports from the Utah media, with the KSL website stating, ”More than a year after a 17-year-old girl from Bermuda took her own life at a Utah treatment center for teens, her parents are suing the West Jordan facility.

“Johnita and Travis Simons say their daughter should not have been left alone after attempting suicide twice in two weeks at West Ridge Academy.

“The center could not provide the appropriate level of care for someone with severe depression but didn’t tell the parents that or update them on their daughter Kirsta’s condition, they contend. West Ridge has denied wrongdoing in court documents.”

The report from the Salt Lake Tribune said, “Johnita Simons said she didn’t know Kirsta had been sent to Utah and had no say in the decision. Kirsta had been in the foster care system, and Bermudian child welfare officials made the choice.

“The litigation, filed last month in a Salt Lake City courtroom, alleges West Ridge Academy “owed a heightened duty of care” to ensure kids are kept safe, but failed to protect Kirsta from herself.”

You can read the full story here on the KSL website and the story here on the Salt Lake Tribune website.

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