Another big scoop for The Fuse Joplin: The blog broke the news today that former Jasper County Public Administrator Rita Hunter and former Anderson Guest House owner Robert Dupont are being sued for wrongful death in connection with the Nov. 27, 2006, fire that killed 11 people.
Other defendants in the lawsuit, which was filed today in McDonald County Circuit Court, include Dupont's wife Laverne, Joplin River of Life Ministries, former head of the Department of Social Services Jane Drummond,and the Missouri Department of Mental Health.
Filing the lawsuit was Mary Frances Joyce, whose son was killed in the fire.
The petition says Mrs. Hunter and the other state officials did not do enough to ensure that her son was placed in a safe facility. She is asking for damages in excess of $25,000 for each of more than 50 defendants, including a number of "John and Jane Does."