Suit against Springfield Diocese, Catholic youth home amended

Amelia Flood Apr. 27, 2011, 8:13am


An amended complaint has been filed in a suit brought by a woman who claims residents of a Catholic youth home in Alton attacked her.

Plaintiff Christina Geisen amended her complaint to add Catholic Children's Home as a defendant in the case.

The home joins the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield at the defense table.

Geisen is seeking damages in excess of $50,000 in her suit.

According to her suit, Geisen's home was located near the Alton children's home.

The plaintiff claims that on Nov. 24, 2009, she was attacked while entering her home by residents of the youth home.

She claims the diocese, as owner of the home, did not properly supervise its residents and that it allowed individuals with dangerous inclinations to enter and leave the home freely.

She alleges in the amended complaint that the home was careless in how it secured the center, that it "maintained a facility for juvenile delinquents with complete indifference to the safety of residents in the vicinity," and that it did not protect Alton residents from the youths living at the home.

The diocese had asked for more time to answer the suit.

A hearing is set on the matter April 29 at 9 a.m.

John English represents Geisen.

Daniel Farroll represents the diocese.

Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis presides.

The case is Madison case number 11-L-163.

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