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Second Chance Homes, owner deny latest claims in Carl DeBrodie wrongful death lawsuit

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Second Chance Homes of Fulton and its owner, Rachael Rowden, have denied the latest claims filed in the wrongful death lawsuit of a developmentally disabled man.

Carl DeBrodie had been a resident of Second Chance Homes of Fulton before investigators found his body encased in concrete inside of a storage unit last spring. An amended complaint filed in the civil case against dozens of defendants alleges employees of the independent living facility neglected DeBrodie's apparently deteriorating health. According to the complaint, DeBrodie had a medical episode at the home of employee Sherry Paulo. She and Anthony Flores allegedly refused to call emergency services and left him in a bathroom for days before moving his body into a bin, covering it in concrete and keeping it in the storage facility in Fulton. Meanwhile, Second Chance Homes of Fulton continued to receive funding for him for the months 31-year-old DeBrodie had been dead, according the lawsuit.

Zachary Vaughn, the lawyer representing Second Chance Homes of Fulton and Rachael Rowden, responded to the complaint saying some of the allegations are legal conclusions and not facts. The 43-page response repeatedly includes phrases such as "Defendant is without knowledge or information sufficient to form a belief as to the allegations, and therefore denies," "Denied" and "Defendant denies any abuse."

The response is similar to the first response filed after the initial complaint filed in the case.

Second Chance Homes of Fulton is no longer in business. An $859,000 home sitting on 30 acres in Callaway County associated with Rowden's name in personal property records had been listed on multiple realtor websites for more than two months as of Tuesday afternoon.

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