AG Lynn Fitch seeks end to family lawsuit after father’s death
JACKSON, Mississippi (WJTV) – Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch on Wednesday filed documents to dismiss a lawsuit in a family feud over the care and finances of her 88-year-old father because he died .
“William O. Fitch left this life on September 22, 2021,” the attorney general wrote in court documents filed that day at Marshall County Chancery Court.
Lynn Fitch has been in a dispute with her 80-year-old stepmother, Aleita Fitch.
Chancellery Court records show that Aleita Fitch filed a lawsuit against Lynn Fitch on April 1. This was after the attorney general transferred his father from an Oxford hospital in late March without his wife’s permission to another hospital before finally moving him to a nursing home, Aleita said. Fitch’s attorney, Ray Hill. Aleita Fitch was unable to visit her husband for 78 days and did not know his whereabouts, Hill said.
A Bill Fitch obituary on the Holly Springs Funeral Home website Thursday did not initially list Aleita Fitch as a family member, but her name was added later.
Hill said the attorney general sent state “bodyguards” out of the blue to Aleita Fitch’s home, family farm and hospital where Bill Fitch was being treated, and took money, guns and household belongings without permission.
Lynn Fitch said in court documents that she didn’t want her stepmother to know where Bill Fitch was being treated because Aleita Fitch was emotionally and verbally abusive.
John Mayo, the attorney general’s personal attorney, said the decision to move him was made after seeing his father’s doctor. A hospital staff member filed a vulnerable adult complaint against Aleita Fitch after raising concerns about her husband’s abuse, the lawyer said.
When Lynn Fitch visited his father in the hospital, “he appeared confused, delusional and malnourished, had limited mobility and was generally unable to take care of himself,” the attorney general wrote in a court document.
She said Aleita Fitch had not told her and her sister about a stroke and heart attack their father had in January. Bill Fitch was also diagnosed with dementia, and this was not disclosed to his daughters.
Aleita Fitch said Lynn Fitch made business decisions for her husband, including the decision to shut down operations at Fitch Farms, a hunting retreat where guests can stay in the home of the Confederate General and the first great wizard of Ku Klux Klan, Nathan Forest of Bedford. Bill Fitch bought the Forrest house from Hernando, moved it 40 miles to Fitch Farms, and restored it.
Lynn Fitch has said in court documents that she is not seeking sole control of her father’s finances, but that she wants a curator appointed to prevent the ‘wasting and endangering’ of Aleita’s assets Fitch.