That’s the question a Milwaukee County jury will decide in a trial that is now underway, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
See the story here. From it:
The estate of the victim sued Franciscan Villa and its parent, Catholic Health Initiatives, for wrongful death in 2010.
After the January 2009 attack, Mary Spiegl simply lost the will to live, Jeffrey Pittman, the plaintiffs’ attorney, told jurors in an opening statement. She stopped eating or drinking and died 18 days later.
He said evidence will show that administrators at the South Milwaukee home failed to adopt specific policies and procedures regarding resident-on-resident sexual assault, despite the fact the problem had become a well known issue within the industry as early 1999.
Had they done so, the perpetrator may not have been left alone minutes after attacking a different woman at the home, and loudly declaring his interests and intent to have sex with someone, Pittman suggested.
See my previous post here.