Dayton, OH - A wrongful death lawsuit has been filed alleging a convicted murderer was erroneously released from the hospital, just hours before he murdered three more people.
The hospital psychiatrist didn’t even evaluate 62-year-old Muhammad Shabazz Ali in person before releasing him into the general public, the lawsuit filed by the families of the three murder victims against Grandview Hospital and Day-Mont Behavioral Center said.
The lawsuit alleges that the behavioral center and a hospital social worker failed to "properly record and inform others" about Ali’s previous manslaughter conviction, and that a hospital psychiatrist "broke protocol" when he approved Ali's release, according to Fox News.
Ali was evaluated at Grandview Hospital in 2016, hours before he shot Jasper Taylor, 74, Tammy Cox, 53, and Michael Cox, 25, to death. He was charged with aggravated murder and other crimes, and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity in each potential death-penalty case.
Ali had served more than 20 years in prison for the murder of his pregnant girlfriend before committing the three murders in 2016.
On Aug. 10, 2016, police received a 911 call from Day-Mont Behavioral Center. An employee told police that Ali, formerly known as Robert Ford Jr., was throwing chairs and demanding his medication.
In the notes written by police and provided to the hospital, which are included as an exhibit in the lawsuit, Dayton police wrote, “Ali stated he needed his medicine so he doesn’t hurt himself or others,” according to the Dayton Daily News.
Ali was transported to Grandview Hospital for evaluation, where social worker Jeannie Dobrovolc wrote in a note to hospital psychiatrist Dr. Brent Crane that Ali had no prior record of assault.
The complaint said Dobrovolc wrote in her consultation notes that Ali was found in the parking lot screaming, stating he was hearing voices and needed medication, the Dayton Daily News reported.
Dobrovolc also noted Ali was emotionally unstable and that Ali had been seeing and hearing things and that “people are always watching,” according to the amended complaint.
Dr. Crane approved Ali for release without seeing him, or evaluating him in person.
Ali was released from the hospital, according to the lawsuit, without anyone bothering to ascertain if he had transportation or other means of getting home, and with no documented follow-up plan."
The lawsuit — which combines and replaces two civil actions brought earlier — was filed by Michael Taylor, administrator of Jasper Taylor’s estate, and Arryiss Richardson, on behalf of Tammy Cox, Michael Cox and a minor child.
The victims' families' lawsuit also alleges that Day-Mont did not keep "adequate records about Ali's conviction and violent tendencies."
Day-Mont has denied the allegations, and said that it wasn't negligent. An attorney for the hospital and the social worker declined to comment.