REVERE (CBS) – The Revere group home where a mental health worker was murdered this past winter is being cited for not doing enough to protect her. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, has fined the North Suffolk Mental Health Association $7,000.
“If it were me, I’d put it in the millions. Really grab a hold of these companies and make them see what’s going on and force them to make changes,” says the victim’s stepfather David St. John.
25-year-old Stephanie Moulton was murdered in January, allegedly by a man who was a client in the Revere mental health home where she worked.
WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports
“These people are just as responsible as the one that actually did it,” says her mother, Kim Flynn.
Police arrested Deshawn Chappell who’s now awaiting the murder trial. According to an OSHA review, Moulton was alone in this building with Chappell, who had a long criminal record. OSHA recommended the agency give its workers panic buttons, and do CORI checks on patients.
Moulton’s mother is pushing for the very same changes in proposed legislation called “Stephanie’s Law”, which she hopes to have introduced on Beacon Hill next week. “You can’t walk in on a volatile situation like that and not know what you’re dealing with and I honestly don’t think my daughter knew what she was dealing with…There’s no way another mother is going to get another phone call like I did,” says Flynn.
Moulton’s parents have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the directors of the North Suffolk Mental Health Association and the suspect.