A Jefferson County couple is suing over claims their son killed himself while under a suicide watch in a Texas hospital.

Kimberly Holman Bobb and Jerome Johnson, individually and as representatives of the estate of Justin Holman, decedent, filed a lawsuit May 22 in the Jefferson County District Court against Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas and Dr. Ravikumar Kanneganti, citing wrongful death.

According to the complaint, Justin Holman was admitted to Baptist Hospitals of Southeast Texas on Oct. 9, after attempting suicide by overdose. Bobb says Justin was transferred to the Behavioral Health Center where he came under the care of Dr. Kanneganti, but had to wait several hours to be admitted on Oct. 10.

The lawsuit states Bobb was informed later that day her son was in a coma after again attempting suicide with items left in his hospital room.

Justin Holman died Oct. 15.

The defendants are accused of wrongful death and medical negligence.

Bobb and Johnson are seeking medical expenses, damages and funeral and burial expenses.

They are being represented in the case by attorney Brian N. Mazzola of The Mazzola Law Firm PLLC.

Jefferson County District Court Case No. B195-736

This is a report on a civil lawsuit filed in the Jefferson County District Court. The details in this report come from an original complaint filed by a plaintiff. Please note, a complaint represents an accusation by a private individual, not the government. It is not an indication of guilt, and it only represents one side of the story.

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