LAS VEGAS (CN) – Actress Hunter Tylo filed a wrongful death lawsuit against a social worker whom she blamed for her 19-year-old son’s 2007 drowning death. The “Bold and the Beautiful” actress says Shanna Downing of Horizon Family Therapy & Wellness advised her son, Michael Edward Tylo, to stop taking his seizure medication, which caused the young man to have a seizure and drown in a family pool.
Downing allegedly told the Tylo family that their son’s seizures were “due to the stress he was experiencing due to his parents break-up,” and “once the stress was eliminated… his seizures would disappear,” according to the lawsuit filed in Clark County Court.
“That the care, advice and treatment rendered … caused (Michael’s) seizures to continue and lead to his untimely death,” the lawsuit states.
The young man drowned in a family pool in Henderson on Oct. 18, 2007.
This is Tylo’s second lawsuit against Downing and the Horizon Family Therapy & Wellness Center. In 2008, she tried unsuccessfully to amend a 2006 lawsuit to include a wrongful death claim.
Tylo is represented by Robert Eglet with Mainor Eglet.