Family Files Lawsuit Against 21-Year-Old’s Caretaker at Group Home Believed to be Responsible for Death

The family of a former group home patient in Mobile, Alabama is suing the group home for the wrongful death of their autistic son.

As FOX 10 reports, the family filed the lawsuit on Wednesday, November 7 after 21-year-old Matthew Cox died as a result of the injuries he reportedly received while at the New Way Out group home.

According to authorities Trent Yates, a 27-year-old caregiver at the group home, was charged with murdering Cox.

He has since pleaded not guilty.

Yates allegedly stomped on Cox before he died. Autopsy reports show that Cox died from damaged organs, according to the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office.

Cox’s family reportedly said that the 21-year-old victim had the mental capacity of a child.

Heather Renee Cox has been named as the plaintiff, while New Way Out Corp., French Residential Facilities Inc., and AltaPointe Health Systems Inc. are listed as the defendants.

As WKRG reports, during Yates’ court appearance on November 7, the judge issued a $200,000 bond with a $25,000 cash component.

The family’s lawyer told WKRG that “there were failures on multiple levels”:

“The family is obviously devasted. When you entrust somebody to a home like this, you expect them to be taken care of [and] protected. That was absolutely not what happened here. We’re gonna get to the bottom of it and hold every entity we can accountable here.”

According to WKRG, Yates had multiple priors, including assault, domestic violence, and theft. Investigators are still uncovering more information in this case.