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Ryan Libbey, a former patient at Lakeview. His mother Jennifer Cote gave NHPR permission to publish photos of her son's injuries.This series was the basis for a collaborative investigation by NHPR and Reveal, a new investigative public radio program and podcast produced by The Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit newsroom based in California, and PRX. Click here to read the investigation and listen to the documentary, "A Mountain of Misconduct."0000017a-15d9-d736-a57f-17ff8db50000In September 2014, Lakeview NeuroRehabilitation Center in Effingham, N.H. came under scrutiny for abusing and neglecting some of the people it cares for – children and adults with brain injuries and developmental disabilities.NHPR has been looking into these accusations, and it turns out the state had warning signs about series problems at this facility going back to the early 1990s. In this special series and continuing coverage, reporter Jack Rodolico examines the scope of the problems and the state's role in Lakeview's story.

Wrongful Death Suit Filed Against Lakeview

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The family of a man who died at Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center is suing the company, which has all but shut down operations in New Hampshire.

The family filed suit against Lakeview and its medical director in Merrimack County Superior Court, claiming neglect and wrongful death, among other things.

In 2012, 22-year-old Kory Horion was admitted to Lakeview. He had Asperger’s syndrome and a seizure disorder, but the lawsuit claims he was healthy. His heath spiraled when he did not receive medication or medical treatment, and he died 72 days later. On the morning of his death, three staff members saw Horion naked on the floor in a puddle of his own urine, and did not call for help. Lakeview has said the death was not due to neglect.

Horion’s story became the centerpiece of a report last year by the Disabilities Rights Center – a report that pushed the state to crack down on Lakeview after years of warning signs of abuse and neglect.

Before joining NHPR in August 2014, Jack was a freelance writer and radio reporter. His work aired on NPR, BBC, Marketplace and 99% Invisible, and he wrote for the Christian Science Monitor and Northern Woodlands.

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