Young and the Restless star Kristoff St. John and his ex-wife, Mia, are suing a mental health facility for negligence in the death of their mentally ill son, Julian, 24.
Julian, who was diagnosed with Schizophrenia at a young age, was found in a bathroom at La Casa Psychiatric Health Facility with a plastic bag over his head on November 23, 2014.
The St. Johns are suing the psychiatric facility, claiming the staff neglected to monitor Julian who was on suicide watch. The staff was supposed to follow doctor's orders to observe Julian every minutes.
But in their lawsuit, the St. Johns say the staff not only failed to check on Julian every 15 minutes, but they allegedly falsified medical records to cover up their negligence.
The St. Johns produced surveillance video footage from the hallway outside Julian's room that shows no one checked on Julian for almost an hour before he was found on the floor of a bathroom with a plastic bag over his head.
The staff claimed they called 911 just before midnight. But an ambulance service provided documentation that shows the call came in much later than that.
The St. Johns are suing for unspecified damages. They say they hope Julian's story will shed light on the plight of the mentally ill in America.
In a statement issued to Entertainment Tonight, the facility denied any wrongdoing.
“The staff and management of La Casa Mental Health Rehabilitation Center want to express their deepest sympathies to the family of Julian St. John following his tragic suicide in November 2014. La Casa has not been served with the lawsuit by the St. John family. We believe it is important to state that 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.
“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.
For over 30 years our staff has provided excellent, compassionate care to those suffering from mental illness in the Los Angeles area, and we are proud of the dedication and hard work of our team of professional care-givers. We agree with the public comments of the family of Mr. St. John that the nation would be better served by focusing more attention on the issues affecting the mentally ill.”
The St. Johns also have 2 daughters, Paris, and half sister, Lola.
Photos: Kristoff and Mia St. John/Splash News