Golden died six weeks later, and her son is left searching for an unknown attacker he believes violated his mother. “Seeing and knowing what my mom told me happened to her shouldn’t happen to any human being,” said John Golden.
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The lawsuit alleges that the facility’s inaction after his mother described the alleged crime allowed her attacker to escape investigative scrutiny. It took several hours before police were called, according to the family. The facility disputes that claim.
Forest Park investigators say they didn’t have enough evidence to pursue a case. The police investigation is open but inactive.
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Governor’s Glen officials said a review by the Department of Community Health found nothing wrong with the facility’s actions. Because complaints are confidential unless they are substantiated, the AJC could not determine what DCH may have done.
“We believe nothing happened,” said Dennis Stamey, an operating partner with Canopy Lifestyles, the Governor’s Glen management company. He also said the allegations are not reflective of the care provided.
“We do take every single resident’s well-being to heart,” he said.
“Seeing and knowing what my mom told me happened to her shouldn’t happen to any human being,” said John Golden. Christina Matacotta/Christina.Matacotta@ajc.com