Putnam woman sues Prestera for son's death

CHARLESTON – A Putnam County woman is suing Prestera Center for Mental Health Services after she claims they are responsible for her son's death.

On Jan. 22, 2009, Jason Scott Hensley died as a result of violent acts directed against him by Russell Allen Miller while living in Prestera housing, according to a complaint filed Jan. 18 in Kanawha Circuit Court.

Stephanie Cook claims Prestera knew or should have known of Miller's propensity for violence and the need for supervision.

Knowing his propensity for violence and need for supervision, Prestera was negligent for failing to monitor and adequately supervise Miller's daily activities, including permitting the cohabitation with Hensley, according to the suit.

Cook claims Prestera was negligent and careless.

Cook is seeking compensatory damages. She is being represented by Charles Phalen Jr.

The case has been assigned to Circuit Judge Carrie Webster.

Kanawha Circuit Court case number: 11-C-92

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