Harold Chapman Jr., a 75-year-old who suffered from Alzheimer's disease and dementia, wandered away from a Northeast Philadelphia state veterans' home and froze to death on December 31, 2007. His family filed a negligence and wrongful death suit against the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, claiming the veterans home failed to take timely action. The suit alleges the home's negligence led to the "actual harm and death" of Chapman.
The Philadelphia Daily News reported that court records revealed footage from a surveillance camera that showed Harold Chapman, a retired Philadelphia police officer, wearing pajamas and walking past a security desk without being seen. The temperature that evening in the Philadelphia area was below freezing and followed with an icy rain.