The family of a 54 year-old woman who jumped off the Astoria Bridge in 2015 have now lawyered up and filed a $1 million lawsuit against Clatsop Behavioral Healthcare and, presumably, Columbia Memorial Hospital, as they're claiming negligence on the part of not only CBH but CMH as well:
The lawsuit alleges the hospital and emergency room doctor were negligent for releasing Barnhart back home — in walking distance of the bridge — without sufficient safeguards in place.
Look, I sympathize with the family; losing someone to suicide is never easy to deal with. One of my nephews hung himself, so I'm not unfamiliar with the ripple effect. But the woman was pulled off the bridge by police, who'd responded on four separate occasions during early 2015. She was taken to the hospital, evaluated, and subsequently released; she jumped a week later. I'm not sure exactly what "safeguards" would suffice in such a case.
And Terri Horman, a.k.a. "The Red Squirrel", is back in the news - this time accused in a murder-for-hire plot. She remains a "person of interest" in the unsolved disappearance of her then-stepson, whom she claimed to have dropped off at elementary school. She's had some other issues as well, what with weapons charges and all. She moved from the Portland area to southern Oregon for a while, but is now in California somewhere.