Family sues group home where two elderly men died

This is the room John Jones stayed in at the Angel Arms Family Group Home.
This is the room John Jones stayed in at the Angel Arms Family Group Home.
Report by Lisa Rantala - email | bio

TOLEDO (WTOL) - A heat-related death last summer has caused one Toledo family to file suit this winter. They say their loved one died due to neglect and a poorly run group home.

News 11 went to Angel Arms Family Group Home run by Pamela Shay, the defendant of a wrongful death suit.

No one answered, but it is where 79-year-old John Jones stayed last June in 91-degree heat. He had no air, no fan, and was susceptible to heat due to his medication. His body temperature at his death was over 105 degrees.

Lisa Rantala asked the Jones family attorney, "If he was not staying here, do you think he'd still be alive?

Attorney Charles Contrada says, "Absolutely. There's no doubt in my mind." He adds, "They didn't check on them for a long period of time. They didn't come down for several meals."

He said the family had previously complained to Shay about the home's set up and food, but didn't think the nurse's care would turn deadly. "They simply had to walk upstairs and check on the room to see what was going on. Talk about total neglect," Contrada says.

News 11 talked to Shay right after the deaths. She told us she couldn't afford air conditioning and said Jones never complained about the heat. "No, I'm not a murderer. Something happened, and I can't do anything about it," she said on June 18.

The state sent a certified letter to Shay in October stating her license was revoked and not renewed after citing a number of violations in its investigation.

As the family waits to see if criminal charges will be filed, they say they are owed the insurance proceeds. That amount is at least $25,000.

Contrada says, "These folks make money taking these people in, like Mr. Jones. There has to be some type of follow through to see if they're living up to what they should be living up to."