Inspection sought for home

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Gazette Staff
Friday, November 9, 2007

A legislator has asked the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services to inspect the Eau Claire group home where Mark Staskal lives.

Rep. Jeff Smith, D-Eau Claire, said he is concerned the Bernice and Genevieve Group home is not secure enough to hold Staskal, 44.

Staskal was committed to the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison after he stabbed his sister to death in 1984 in Milton. He was found not guilty due to mental illness and lived in Mendota for 23 years.

On Oct. 31, a judge released Staskal to the home, despite protests from his parents and Eau Claire residents.

Sixteen other homes rejected Staskal before the Bernice and Genevieve home accepted him.

“Clearly this group home was no one’s first choice for placement, and there has to be a reason behind that,” Smith said in a news release. “Until the community’s concerns have been fully addressed, I will continue to force the issue to get the answers we deserve.”

Smith said Wednesday the Department of Health and Family Services agreed to do the inspection.

The Janesville Gazette could not reach the department for comment.

Last updated: 11:17 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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