BELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOX) – For the second time this year, a patient at Midwest Rehab and Respiratory Center in Belleville was able to walk away from the facility without the staff’s knowledge.It happened at 6:15 am Tuesday, according to Belleville police, who say 58-year-old Joseph Childs of East St. Louis was able to walk away from the facility at 727 N. 17th St. with his wallet and some cash.
There was initial concern because of Childs’ knowledge of the Metro bus system.
However, Belleville police were notified that after an intense search, an employee of the care home found Childs at the Flying J truck stop in Alorton.
He was unharmed and brought back to Midwest Rehab by a senior staff member.
Police will now inform the “appropriate regulatory agencies” about the facts of this latest incident.
In January, 77-year-old dementia sufferer Aubrey Giles slipped away from Midwest Rehab.
He was found hours later lying dead near a creek not far from the home.
Relatives filed a lawsuit claiming that care home staff members did not properly monitor and supervise Giles and failed to notify doctors and family members about his past attempts to leave the facility.
Giles family attorney Staci Yandle accused Midwest Rehab of “glaring and inexcusable negligence”.
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