Thursday, March 23, 2017

Jamal Odum - 2003

The then 9-year-old Newport News boy was sent to a residential treatment center in South Carolina named New Hope when the staff for some unknown reason restrained him for 7 minutes which caused his death.

The tragic event was investigated by the police and 3 staff members were charged with homicide by child abuse.

What makes his death a disaster was the fact that it was known that placing the weight on his torso would risk killing him. Yet the staff members were not fully trained to restrain the children in a somewhat less dangerous way.

Lack of training are often a result of the management focusing on profit but this quest for money puts lives of children in danger, which this tragic death so clearly illustrate. It was far from the first case involving incidents at this facility but this turned deadly for the only 9-year-old boy.

May he find peace where he is now.


Friday, March 10, 2017

Khalil Todd - 2014

12 year old Khalil Todd died as result of a traffic accident which happened just outside the group home where he was forced to live. It is unclear why he was allowed to walk near the road wearing all black clothes which meant that it was difficult for drivers to see him when it is dark.

It seems that the employees took little concern about where the boys in the so-called all Christian facility played. According to neighbors they did little to prevent this tragedy. A place out there a family now miss their boy.

May he find peace where he is now.

Boy, 12, dies after being hit by car outside group home
(WRAL news)

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

LaTasha Bush - 2002

15-year-old LaTasha Bush was one of several teenagers who died at Daystar Residential Treatment Center. She was restrained by adults and as it so often happens when adults do this with little or poor training that child dies due to not being able to breath properly.

An investigation should have brought an end to the methods this place used but sadly more deaths were required before the politicians got the authorities to look at the methods used.

May she find peace where she is now.


Monday, February 6, 2017

Matthew Goodman - 2002

14-year-old Matthew Goodman suffered from autism. It should be an illness he should be able to live with for many years. Instead due to the methods used at Bancroft NeuroHealth's "The Lindens" which was a residential treatment facility, he died when he was restrained by the employees in a way which hurt him.

The death was followed by other troubles with the treatment facility and in the end the facility promised to look at their methods.

For Matthew Goodman it was too late. May he find peace where he is now.


Friday, January 13, 2017

Katherine M. Lank - 2002

16 year old Katherine Lank was hicking with her group from Red Rock Ranch Academy when she fell down into a ravine and injured her head. She suffered for weeks at a hospital before dying. Many years have passed since but the danger of using hiking in connection with treatment of teenagers from the cities still exist. We don't know what prompted her stay at this ranch which closed not long after properly due to lawsuits but both she and her family would properly have preferred to be together instead of her dying alone and her family greaving at home without the possibility to do something.

Life in the program was strict and as punishment they were ordered to shit on a chair all day long looking at the wall. It was called "Poltergeist".

If only residential programs had envolved since 2002 but sadly they are not.

16 years is not much to be allowed on this earth. May she find peace where she is now.

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