The father of a woman who jumped to her death from a bridge at the Edelman Children’s Court in Monterey Park in 2018 after losing parental custody of her young sons is suing Los Angeles County, alleging officials were aware that his daughter’s mental health was declining and didn’t get her the proper care.
The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit was filed Monday by Chien-Tung Wu, the father of the late Shin Wu, whose two minor sons are also named as plaintiffs. The children’s father is acting as their guardian during the court proceedings.
The woman took her own life last Aug. 24, shortly after a hearing in which she was unable to regain parental custody of her boys, according to the suit, which seeks unspecified damages.
“As a result of the loss of parental rights to her minor children, (Shin Wu) was overcome with emotions and suicidal ideations that she was unable to control and (she) jumped to her death from the bridge located at the Edelman Children’s Court,” the complaint says.
A representative for Los Angeles County could not be immediately reached for comment.
The Department of Children and Family Services had taken the mother’s children away from her a month earlier, according to the suit, which says county officials had been on notice since June 2018 that a social worker assessed that she had mental health issues that included bipolar disorder and severe depression.
In the first week of August, social workers called law enforcement about Shin Wu’s mental state and she was detained and hospitalized for a week, the suit says.
“Due to the lack of necessary mental health care that was required for (Wu), the decedent was alone and without help or support during the court procedures of family reunification,” the suit alleges. “Decedent was placed in a position that dramatically increased her suicidal ideations, causing her to jump to her death, because of the negligent acts of the defendants, causing the minor (children) to lose their mother.”
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