LANCASTER — The father of a mentally disabled man who was beaten to death at a Central Kentucky group home has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the home's operator and an employee.
The employee, Tyler Brock, 22, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Shaun Akridge, who was beaten and kicked to death in June 2011 while living at the home in Garrard County. The suit names Brock and the operator, Community Ties, based in Brentwood, Tenn.
Brock entered a guilty plea in exchange for a recommended 20-year sentence, The Advocate-Messenger in Danville reported. The lawsuit filed by Anthony Akridge says his 35-year-old son was a ward of the state and suffered from fetal alcohol syndrome and other debilitating conditions.
After spending time at the state-operated Oakwood facility in Somerset, Akridge was transferred to the home in Paint Lick operated by Community Ties.
The suit said Community Ties neglected its duties to care for Shaun Akridge and seeks an unspecified amount of compensatory and punitive damages from the defendants.
Community Ties "held itself out as a specialist in the field of developmentally disabled group home care, with expertise necessary to maintain the health and safety of persons unable to adequately care for themselves," the lawsuit said.
The company should have known that Brock was "unfit" for the job and placing him in the position of caregiver "created an unreasonable risk of harm to residents" of Community Ties' group homes, the complaint said.
Neither Community Ties nor Brock has responded to allegations contained in the lawsuit. Community Ties ceased operating group homes in Kentucky shortly after Akridge's death.
Brock is scheduled to be sentenced July 20.