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$3.5M suit alleges adult home ‘reckless’ in hiring sex suspect


Newport News, VA - The sister of a mentally disabled man who police say was sexually assaulted by a staffer at a Newport News assisted-living site is suing the home, accusing it of negligence for hiring the worker in spite of his criminal record.

The suit alleges that Cote De Neige Home for Adults and its owner, Rose Daniels Potter, failed in their duty to exercise "reasonable care" when they hired Junious Boyd Batten for a job as a certified nursing assistant. The home should have been particularly cautious, the lawsuit says, because of the "weak and helpless" condition of the residents.

July 19, 2008

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