CLARIFICATION: The Alabama Department of Mental Health is not named in the lawsuit reported below.
MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - FOX10 News Investigates has learned that a group home provider named in a lawsuit after one of its clients was allegedly beaten to death by a caregiver has been shut down by the state.
According to the Alabama Department of Mental Health, 38 people who lived in group homes operated by a company called New Way Out were moved to other facilities on Wednesday, February 6.
In October, New Way Out caregiver Trent Yates was arrested and charged in the murder of Matthew Cox. According to Mobile Police, Cox died from blunt force trauma at the hands of the group home caregiver. After his death, Cox's family filed a lawsuit against New Way Out.
An attorney with the Alabama Department of Mental Health said the decision to shut down the provider's group homes was made after a female client was found beaten on January 30. Based on that incident, and what the department called "other deficiencies," the state said it decided that all New Way Out group homes needed to be closed for the safety of the people who lived there.
FOX10 News went to the New Way Out headquarters for comment, but we were asked to leave.