Saturday, April 21, 2018

Robert Rollins - 1997

12-year-old Robert Rollins died because lessons were not learned from earlier deaths involving adults trying to restrain a child. Asphyxiation was the cause of death as so many times before. DCF placed him at the Devereaux School and lack of training among the employees meant that it became his death sentence.

If only DCF acted and made a consequence closing the school for the children in their care, but it seems that sadly nothing happened.

A child died and nothing happened!

We can only feel sorry for the family left behind and hope that he is at peace where he is now.


Thursday, March 22, 2018

Andrew McClain - 1998

11-year-old Andrew McClain died because the employees at the Elmcrest Psychiatric Hospital tried to restrain him. It proved to be a deathly decision. He was basically crushed to death because the employees were poorly trained to do their job. Maybe profit mattered more than the safety of the patients. We can not know.

All we know is that a family lost their boy, which should not have been the case.

When you commit your child to the hospital, you believe that your child is safe. This case proves otherwise. Please check up on your child in any residential setting.

May he find peace where he is now.


Sunday, March 4, 2018

Tristan Sovern - 1998

16-year-old Tristan Sovern died because the employees at the Charter Behavioral Health Systems tried to restrain him. Suffering from a cold it did not become easier for him to catch his breath when the employees placed bed sheet and towel over his mouth and nose. The employees were poorly trained and it saved them from criminal conviction. They simply did not know better.

So no training, equal license to kill.

Why the state did not intervene and close the hospital due to concerns of the safety of the patients is strange. No hospital should be able to operate without training their employees. The death of the boy shows that so clearly.

They managed to get away with this bad management and the family of the boy was left behind suffering from the memory of a boy who should have been given a chance to life and fulfill his destiny.

May he find peace where he is now.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Ryan C. Lewis - 2001

14-year-old Ryan C. Lewis was found hanging not far from a campsite class room. He was treated for depression and his parents had warned about the risk of suicide. Still he was left alone long enough to end his life. The management just closed the program down and founded a boarding school for girls instead. Wilderness programs can be dangerous because the teenagers are exposed to the elements. That claims the lives of lot of the teenagers as you can read on this blog.

But here the employees showed neglect. They should have watched. They didn't.

It was a tragedy for his parents who believed that they had found a treatment method for their teenage boy. It should not have been allowed to happen. He should have been allowed a long life.

May he find peace where he is now.


Sunday, February 11, 2018

Stephanie Duffield - 2001

16-year-old Stephanie Duffield died at Shiloh Residential Treatment Center in 2001. First it was ruled as an accident, but later when the number of children who died in the Daystar operated facilities started to pile up, investigation was reopened.

Many children like Stephanie Duffield died when adult employees tried to restrain them. The employees were not trained and the facilities had no motivation to train them as training cost money and it would reduce profit.

It is hard to conclude, what killed Stephanie Duffield was not so much what the employees did but also that the management saw profit as more important than the welfare and safety of the children.

While the investigation was re-opened, we have not seen whether it meant that she got the justice she deserved.

Her family lost her forever and she was not allowed to reach adulthood.

May she find peace where she is now.

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