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Assisted living center sued after resident death

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - An assisted living center in Appleton is being sued for negligence in the death of an 85-year-old resident.

Five children of Delores Wiersum filed suit Tuesday in Winnebago County.

Wiersum died from exposure early on January 17th, after she walked out of The Heritage living facility with temperatures in the teens.

Plaintiff Tom Wiersum tells FOX 11 that the family hopes to learn more about the circumstances which led the victim to leave the building.

The suit does not list a specific amount sought for pain and suffering.

ThedaCare of Neenah owns The Heritage. It did not comment on the suit, but it issued a statement expressing concern for the family – and the company works hard to protect residents’ safety.

ThedaCare has 45 days to file a legal response to the lawsuit.

FOX 11 said the state Health Services Department cited The Heritage in April for not following proper procedures in protecting Wiersum. ThedaCare later responded, saying it corrected the issues.