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Lawsuit Being Filed In Delco Nursing Home Hidden Camera Case

HAVERTOWN, Pa. (CBS) - The Delaware County family that resorted to a hidden camera to document abuse of a relative with dementia by workers at a Delaware County nursing home says it will file a lawsuit against Sunrise Senior Living now that the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has revoked the company's license.

Three care managers at the Quadrangle Nursing Home in Haverford are charged with abuse (see related story).

The daughter and son-in-law of 78-year-old Lois McCallister (who is now living with them rather than at Quadrangle) will seek compensatory and punitive damages.

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(Mary McCallister French, Paul French, and attorney Robert Mongeluzzi, at the French home today. Photo by Steve Tawa)

Their lawyer, Robert Mongeluzzi, says the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare wrote a scathing review when it yanked the license.

"Can there be any more powerful rebuke from the government than to describe that care as 'gross incompetence, negligence, and misconduct'?" he said today.

Sunrise will be able to continue to operate Quadrangle pending its appeal.  The alleged victim's family say their intention was to make sure other residents are protected.

"What bothers me the most," says daughter Mary McCallister French, "is that what she had left, they just took from her."

"How many other people has this happened to?" asks her husband, Paul French, "And their emotions -- they can't explain what happened to them.   It's painful."

The Frenches installed a hidden camera inside a bedside clock that allegedly captured what happened (see related story).

Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060

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