Kristoff and Julian’s mother Mia sat down with Entertainment Tonight to discuss their son’s death and the impending lawsuit. The lawsuit alleges that staff members of the La Casa Psychiatric Health Facility skipped the required mandatory check-ins and observations of Julian, who was on suicide watch. The staff also reportedly falsified documents in order to cover up the neglect.
Mia spoke on the circumstances surrounding Julian’s death:
“What we do know is he attempted suicide two and a half weeks prior to when he actually completed it and he was supposed to be on suicide watch. He was left with the very same instrument that he used to attempt suicide.”
The day Julian committed suicide, video surveillance showed that not only was his door closed (which isn’t allowed for people on suicide watch) but that none of the staff had checked on Julian for almost an hour. ET attempted to contact the La Casa Psychiatric Health Facility but have received no comment.
Ultimately, Kristoff is looking to help the families of mentally ill people worldwide.
“This lawsuit is to shed light on the inefficiency and the incompetency that happens in mental hospitals nationwide. There are a number of things in this lawsuit, which when we are vindicated will bring justice to millions of people who need it.”
We hope that the St. Johns can find peace and solace.