A Detroit woman is looking for answers after she found her mentally ill father sleeping on a street corner.
Robert Hill, 63, suffers from bipolar schizophrenia but refused treatment for his condition.
As a result, Rosalee Smith, Hill’s daughter and legal guardian, admitted him to Detroit Receiving Hospital for medication and assessment.
He remained in the hospital’s care from December 14 until January 4. When it was time for Hill’s discharge, Smith was working, but she wasn’t worried.
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As she’d done before, Smith instructed the hospital staff to send her father to her home, where he lives, in a cab.
Smith recalled how the process has gone before:
“They make sure he gets in, they give me the cab number, they give me the information on how he is getting home and whoever I need to contact.”
However, this time things took a drastic turn.
As Fox2 reports, she said:
“They called me at 2:30 and asked me if he made it home. They told me that their staff had put him in Detroit City Cab 606. They gave me their information, I called them and they told me he was a no show and was never placed in 606 Detroit City Cab.”
Smith immediately reported her father as missing to the Detroit Police and began searching for him.
After attending church on Sunday morning, she continued her search.
This time she discovered him on the street sleeping under a blanket. He was naked, disoriented, and cold.
He didn’t know who I was, he barely spoke his name. They took his shoes, they stripped him naked. Somebody did place a blanket and food out there, but he is not homeless.”
She called 911 and her father was rushed to the hospital suffering from hypothermia.
According to a police report, Hill was actually placed into a different taxi service’s gray Pacifica, not the one the hospital claimed.
A video shows a staff member waving down the cab and helping Hill inside.
“Whoever brought him down, they waited for the cab. The cab never showed up in their timeframe. So they flagged down another service, per the police, that had no knowledge of his home.”
However, it is not clear how the man ended up on the street corner. Hill remains in the hospital but is in stable condition.
Smith shared her story to make sure this doesn’t happen to “the next person in the future.”