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IA Criticized for Not Disclosing Death Details

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Family members of an Iowa man who died in a state mental institution last fall are upset officials failed to disclose that a mistake by staff may have caused his death.

Dana Vasey told the Des Moines Register her family may not have known the circumstances of Dick Meredith's death if the newspaper hadn't reported on a $8,250 fine the Clarinda Mental Health Institute received.

Staff at the institute were criticized for giving a resident who had trouble swallowing a peanut butter sandwich. That led to a severe choking incident and the resident's death.

Vasey says she had to make numerous calls before officials acknowledged that her uncle choked after receiving the wrong food.

A spokeswoman declined to discuss the incident because officials won't discuss individual cases publicly.

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