GRETNA – A Jefferson Parish man is suing a Kenner nursing home for death of his mother.

Kent Chapman filed suit on March 23 against Chateau Living Center in the 24th Civil District Court. Chapman claims his mother was a resident at the defendant nursing home when she became ill due to neglect, and died.

The plaintiff claims he came to see his mother, Helen K. Chapman, on April 16, 2008 and found her in a urine soaked diaper and covered in feces and only five days later she was admitted to an intensive care unit for acute renal failure, dehydration and malnutrition. The plaintiff asserts his mother died a week after her admission to the hospital from the nursing home.

The defendants are accused of negligence in their treatment of the plaintiff's mother by allowing her health to deteriorate, failing to provide her with proper nourishment and hydration, failing to properly monitor vital signs, failing to properly supervise the resident, hiring and retention of incompetent staff and failing to properly train staff.

An unspecified amount in damages is sought for pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses, funeral expenses, loss of love and affection, loss of society and loss of consortium.

Chapman is representing himself.

The case has been assigned to Division C Judge June Berry Darensburg.

Case number 712750

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