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News Summary for May 30, 2016
Articles Compiled by Anne M. Kincaid


Articles are listed in alphabetical order by state, so you can easily scan through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have an interest.

In this week’s listing of articles, there is a preponderance of school-related abuse.  We categorize the type of abuse followed by the number of the article. The articles are listed in each section in alphabetical order by state.  


SEXUAL ASSAULT (RAPE):  15, 17, 25, 27, 34

PHYSICAL ABUSE: 4, 8, 13, 14, 16, 22, 26, 28, 29, 35, 38, 39


NEGLECT: 35, 37


MURDER: 58, 65

SCHOOL-RELATED: 8, 12, 13, 15, 16, 24, 26, 28, 29, 32, 27, 28


OF NOTE: 56, 59



1.   “Phoenix Police Ask for Public's Help Finding Missing Autistic Boy” --- The Phoenix Police Department's Missing Persons Detail is asking for the community's assistance in locating Maximus Salazar. Maximus Salazar is a ... --- 12news.com --- April 26, 2016  (ARIZONA) https://is.gd/zoFjEP  


2.   “Judge Allows Funding for Investigator” --- Jeffrey Allen Swick, 52, is charged with attempted first-degree murder, vulnerable adult abuse by domestic violence, aggravated assault by domestic ... --- Mohave Valley News --- April 25, 2016  (ARIZONA)  https://is.gd/kyjGFB


3.   “Pleasant Hill Police Searching for Missing Developmentally Disabled 15-Year-Old Girl” --- Police are searching for a 15-year-old girl who is developmentally disabled and was last seen Thursday afternoon, officials said ... --- East Bay Times --- April 29, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/zKDV76


4.   “Autistic Man Stabbed After Altercation on Bus in Glendale” --- A 30-year-old autistic man was stabbed Saturday afternoon after an altercation on a MTA bus traveling through Glendale, police said. When the man ... --- Los Angeles Times --- April 27, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/AxZtaw


5.   “Driver Denies Wrongdoing in Death of Special Needs Student Left on School Bus” --- A school bus driver accused of being responsible for the death of a special needs student appeared in court Monday to deny charges against him. --- Los Angeles Times --- April 26, 2016  (CALIFORNIA) https://is.gd/lp8fdn


6.   “Police Search for Missing Developmentally Disabled Man” --- The Oroville Police Department is attempting to locate a missing developmentally disabled adult, James Timothy Marr, 65. Marr was reported missing ... --- KRCRTV.COM --- April 26, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/V7aQES


7.   “Bus Driver Pleads Not Guilty After Death of Autistic Whittier Teen on Hot Bus” --- Hun Joon “Paul” Lee, an autistic and non-verbal 19-year-old, was found unconscious and lying on the floor of a school bus ... --- The Whittier Daily News --- April 25, 2016  (CALIFORNIA) https://is.gd/Ln9Cnc  


8.   “New Revelations Emerge in Story of Special Needs Student Being Beaten Up on Viral Video” ---  More details are emerging about the viral video of a special needs student being punched repeatedly outside ... --- CBS Local --- April 24, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/whoMdZ


9.   “Autistic Woman Reported Missing” --- An autistic woman was reported missing Sunday, April 24, from the IHOP restaurant in downtown Palm Springs. Melody Musquiz, 44, was last seen ... --- Press-Enterprise --- April 24, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/fcZXM8


10.   “Jury Awards $12 Million to Estate of Madison Man Who Took His Life After Being Released from Hospital” --- He was discharged to Harbor Health Services under the care of a psychiatric advanced-practice registered nurse ... --- New Haven Register --- April 26, 2016  (CONNECTICUT)  https://is.gd/IRcV8s


11.   “Missing Child Alert Issued for 14-Year-Old with Asperger's Syndrome” --- Authorities said Bladon Skye Rogers has Asperger's syndrome and is extremely intelligent but lacks social confidence. --- WESH Orlando --- April 26, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/6Klri6


12.   “Family Begs Thief to Return Van for Special Needs Son” --- Rebekah Edmonds said their Honda Odyssey was stolen Sunday night. They need the van to transport their special needs son, Jose, to and from ... --- 11alive.com --- April 28, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/pzAJU1


13.   “School Employee Accused of Slapping Autistic Boy Enters Guilty Plea” --- The Idaho Press-Tribune reports that Lisa Carriere said in court Friday that she slapped a 6-year-old autistic student after the child raised his hand at ... --- KBOI-TV --- April 30, 2016  (IDAHO)  https://is.gd/9ivYaU


14.  “Topeka Woman Accused of Mistreating Two Dependent Adults, Faces Felony Charges” --- Shinn faces two felony counts of mistreatment of a dependent adult, one felony count of aggravated battery and one misdemeanor ... --- Lawrence Journal World --- April 27, 2016  (KANSAS)  https://is.gd/VRZT8y


15.   “Former Bus Driver Gets Life in Prison for 'Savage' Rape of Special Needs Rider” --- A former Go!Bus driver who sexually assaulted a special-needs passenger on the bus has been sentence to life in prison for ... --- MLive.com --- April 29, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/DxsJc9


16.   “Report: Bullied Student in Wheelchair Breaks Leg During Lunchroom Fight” --- WJBK-TV, Fox 2 News obtained student cell phone video of a fight at Airport High School in Monroe County's Carleton involving a ... --- MLive.com --- April 27, 2016  (MICHIGAN)   https://is.gd/vhdp9J


17.   “Neighbor Jailed for 40 to 60 Years for Raping Down's Syndrome Girl, 8, Admits Having 650,000 Child ...” --- A 70-year-old man jailed for 40 to 60 years for raping an eight-year-old girl with Down's Syndrome has admitted having ... --- Daily Mail --- April 25, 2016  (MICHIGAN) https://is.gd/FW2AXH


18.   “Golden Alert Issued for Woman and 2 Children with Special Needs” --- Investigators are searching for Sandra Webster, 76, and her two children who have special needs. The three were last seen at 8 p.m. on Monday and ... --- KFVS --- April 28, 2016   (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/hNYfeg


19.   “Woman's Wheelchair Stolen, Finds Suspect Riding it in Park” --- Someone stole Reva Murrell's motorized wheelchair Monday, but hours later, it was Murrell herself who helped police catch a suspect. "My legs bother ... --- KETV Omaha --- April 28, 2016  (NEBRASKA)  https://is.gd/TOLS1g


20.   “Arlington Woman Arrested for Vulnerable Adult Abuse” --- The patient sustained injuries and was taken to Fremont Health, where the patient later died. Pavlik was responsible for the patient's care at the time of ... --- KETV Omaha --- April 27, 2016  (NEBRASKA)  https://is.gd/jf8O8S


21.   “Weehawken PD Seeks Help Finding Schizophrenic Man” --- Police are asking for the public's help in finding a schizophrenic man who hasn't been seen since Sunday, and is without his ... --- NJ.com --- April 27, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/zCgDuJ


22.   “Trial Starts for Men Who Dared Autistic Teen to Jump into Frigid Ocean” --- Although Drake has autism, the Howell man's disability doesn't rise to the level of making him incompetent, Volet argued to municipal judge Paul ... --- NJ.com --- April 26, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/s2f9IN


23.   “Missing Autistic Man found Alive” --- Divers with the NYPD scuba team had suited up and were about to go on a grim search in a lake near East Drive on Thursday morning when they got ... --- New York Post --- April 28, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/KWCYz9


24.   “Decertified Special-needs Teacher Indicted in ID Theft Cases” --- Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced Wednesday, April 27, 2016, that a former Westchester teacher Aimee Stark a/k/a Aimee ... --- Newsday --- April 27, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/8mP2Gl


25.   “Police Bust Massachusetts Man Accused of Molesting Disabled Teen and then Fleeing to Queens” --- The girl, who speaks normally but has a learning disability, would often buy candy at the store on her way to school, said … --- New York Daily News --- April 25, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/04QdLT


26.   “Ohio Teens Punished for Bullying Developmentally Disabled Boy” --- Two teenagers accused of assaulting and bullying a developmentally disabled classmate at a northwest Ohio school will have to ... --- WKYC-TV --- April 26, 2016   (OHIO)  https://is.gd/5AH2rp


27.   “Tulsa Man Pleads Guilty to Rape of Mentally Disabled Woman” --- The charges alleged that between January and November 2012, Armstrong engaged in sexual activity with a mentally disabled woman who was ... --- Tulsa World --- April 30, 2016  (OKLAHOMA)  https://is.gd/MDMvDk


28.   “Restraint, Seclusion Methods in North Dakota Schools Scrutinized” --- North Dakota is one of five states with no law protecting students against the use of restraint and seclusion in schools. The others are New Jersey, ... --- INFORUM --- April 27, 2016  (NORTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/y9FmxJ


29.   “Video Shows Fight Between 2 Students at Special Needs School” --- The district attorney and police are investigating after video surfaced of two students fighting at an eastern Pennsylvania high ... --- Hastings Tribune --- April 28, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/YSWut7


30.   “Former Kane Psychiatrist Radecki Found Guilty at Trial” --- A former Kane psychiatrist was found guilty after a 12-day trial in Clarion County Court of numerous criminal charges related to his illegal distribution ... --- Bradford Era --- April 28, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/g8XsSO


31.   “Woonsocket Police Sued for Unlawful Arrest and Detention of Deaf Person” --- The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island and the R.I. Disability Law Center have today filed a federal civil rights lawsuit on behalf ... --- RI Future --- April 28, 2016  (RHODE ISLAND)  https://is.gd/MB69BV


32.   “Teacher on Leave After Controversial Letter” --- A special needs teacher at West Oak Middle School in Oconee County said she was yanked from her classroom mid-morning on Monday and placed ... --- Greenville News --- April 26, 2016  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/KWWGIl


33.   “A Deaf Man is Beaten by Three Unknown Men as He Was Walking Home” --- The 34-year-old victim told police that he was walking home from a hotel on Ocean Boulevard when he was approached by three ... --- Myrtle Beach Sun News --- April 24, 2016  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/JlcjcA


34.   “Agency Conducting Review of Teen Who Died While Open Adult Protective Services Case” ---  Since Jeffcoat had past CPS involvement and Adult Protective Services was still investigating the sexual abuse allegation at the time of her death ... --- LubbockOnline.com --- May 1, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/rFBrMP


35.   “Wichita Falls Woman Faces Up to 10 Years for Keeping Disabled Adult Daughter in Filthy Metal Crib” --- Gillespie said the daughter was placed under the authority of Texas Adult Protective Services and lives in a residential ... --- Dallas Morning News --- April 25, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/gxwEgA


36.   “St. George Man Allegedly Defrauded Group that Helps Disabled” --- ... resource officer is accused of defrauding a St. George company that provides group home services to people with autism and other disabilities. --- Washington Times --- April 30, 2016  (UTAH)  https://is.gd/OFR0JQ


37.   “Ex-bus Driver of Special Needs Students Charged with DUI” --- A school bus driver who was allegedly seen passed out near the bus last month with special needs students still inside has ... --- KSL.com --- April 27, 2016  (UTAH)  https://is.gd/ZeUpf7


38.   “Family Says Daughter with Disability Has Been Abused at Richmond School” --- “There is no way that a child with the level for lack of a better way of putting it, disability that she has to be able to slam, isolate her middle finger to slam ... --- wtvr.com --- April 28, 2016  (VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/EsgqWp


39.   “Man with Developmental Disability Allegedly Abused for Second Time in Huntington Group Home” --- She says the company immediately reported the incident to Adult Protective Services and terminated Hardwick's employment. --- WSAZ-TV --- April 24, 2016  (WEST VIRGINIA)  https://is.gd/TneCFn


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40.   “Mentally ill people driving up prison populations, task force told --- On average, the percentage of mentally ill people behind bars is more than three times the percentage of people in the general ... --- Arkansas News --- April 28, 2016  (ARKANSAS)  https://is.gd/qEY42A


41.   “SF General Hospital Nurses Claim Psychiatric Unit State of Emergency” --- "That means people having mental cases like suicide, hallucinations or schizophrenia they need to be sent to another hospital," said psychiatric nurse ... --- KTVU San Francisco --- April 28, 2016  (CALIFORNIA) https://is.gd/lKGtkf


42.   “Minnesota's Second-largest Psychiatric Hospital Reaches Deal to Keep Federal Funding, Improve Care” --- Anoka-Metro Regional Treatment Center, the state's second-largest psychiatric hospital, has been spared the loss of millions ... --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- April 26, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/EUdK0a


43.   “What Does Autism Awareness Mean to Autistic People?” --- Another issue is training police on how to work with autistic or mentally ill people, which Cramer is particularly concerned about because she knows a ... --- PhillyVoice.com --- April 26, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/dkOTUS


44.   “Lawmakers Discuss Budget Cuts Affecting Child Care, Families” --- A total of $8.17 million of services contributing to child care and children with special needs in North Dakota has been cut from the state budget. --- Jamestown Sun --- April 29, 2016  (NORTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/9XuOaK


45.   “For Adults with Autism, a Struggle to Find Jobs” --- He's not alone: 58 percent of adults with autism were employed at some point during their early 20s, according to Drexel's National Autism Indicators ... --- PhillyVoice.com --- April 28, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/mRMHos


46.   “Disability Rights Pennsylvania Announces Voting Rights Hotline for Primary Election Day” ---  Disability Rights of Pennsylvania has partnered with the Election Protection Coalition to provide voter assistance to ... --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- April 25, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/uEAmVJ


47.   “Inmate Suicide Attempts Highlight Mental Health Issues at Jails” --- A Smith County inmate is recovering at a hospital after attempting suicide inside the jail. He was already on suicide watch, according ... --- Tyler Morning Telegraph --- April 29, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/tZuuNu


48.   “Mentally Ill Languish in Texas Jails Due to Lack of Beds at Hospitals” --- Disability Rights Texas first sued Texas mental health officials over the issue in 2007. At the time, about 170 inmates across Texas were waiting ... --- Austin American-Statesman --- April 23, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/YxZbjG


49.   “Western State Hospital's Future Could Depend on Talks with Feds” --- Lashway made her remarks Friday at the first meeting of a new legislative committee that will help oversee the state's two psychiatric hospitals. --- The Seattle Times --- April 29, 2016  (WASHINGTON STATE)  https://is.gd/JZGVwx


50.   “US Student Inventors Create Sign Language Translation Gloves” --- "Communication between people who are deaf and mute and the rest of the world - there's a huge disconnect," he told KOMO News. "We ... --- 9news.com.au --- April 26, 2016  (WASHINGTON STATE) https://is.gd/pGn4CC


51.   “New Fairfax Co. Mental Health Program Diverts 100 from Jail” --- The program, called Diversion First, aims to keep low-risk, mentally ill individuals out of jail, and it has led to more than 100 people receiving treatment ... --- WTOP --- April 28, 2016  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  https://is.gd/nkwz3U


52.   “Autism Research Puts Limited Focus on Services, Lifespan Issues” --- Starting in 2011, studies on multiple disabilities were prorated to reflect just the autism portion while projects with minimal research components were ... --- Disability Scoop --- April 26, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/ESOBiN


53.  “Police Try New Approach to Mental Illness: Nonviolence” --- “Instead of being calming, it can trigger them to either pull away or resist,” said Matthew Epperson, an assistant professor of social work at the ... --- New York Times --- April 25, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/mFY9vl


54.  “Suicide Rates Rise While Antidepressant Use Climbs” --- In an interview with NPR, American Psychiatric Association (APA) president-elect, Maria Oquendo speculated that the lower suicide rates of the 1980s ... --- Mad In America --- April 24, 2016  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  https://is.gd/Ee5PoI


Proposed Legislation and New Laws


55.   “Autism Coverage Bill Passes House, Advances to Governor's Desk” --- A bill setting insurance coverage minimums for autism treatment was given final approval by the Oklahoma House of ... --- Tulsa World --- April 28, 2016  (OKLAHOMA)  https://is.gd/z3sqQe


56.   “New Law Looks to Protect Abused Children with Disabilities” --- The safety of children with disabilities who have been abused is at the heart of a new Wisconsin law. The Department of ... --- WEAU --- April 26, 2016  (WISCONSIN)  https://is.gd/ijJXMT


International Articles


57.   “Failure to Enforce Jobs Quota Law Shortchanges Cambodia's Disabled” --- In August 2010, the Cambodian government issued a sub-decree to the Law on Protection and the Promotion of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ... --- Southeast Asia Globe --- April 26, 2016  (CAMBODIA)   https://is.gd/WU1SCy


58.   “Woman Charged in Disabled Daughter's Death Described as Dedicated Mom” --- A Calgary mother has been charged with failing to provide the necessaries of life after her disabled daughter was found dead in the home they shared ... --- CTV News --- April 28, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/dFCm5A


59.   “Former Residents of 12 Ontario Institutions for Developmentally Disabled Win $36-Million Lawsuit” --- Former residents of 12 Ontario institutions for people with developmental disabilities have won a $36-million settlement in ... --- National Post --- April 27, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/dfkdAZ


60.   “Nova Scotia Man to Fight Law He Says Limits Rights of People with Disabilities” --- A Nova Scotia man is taking his fight against a law that limits the rights of people with intellectual disabilities to court today. --- Winnipeg Free Press --- April 25, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/HHSPIS


61.   “Calgary Pediatricians Specializing in Developmental Disabilities Hard to Come By” --- “There's usually a heck of a long wait list (for patients requiring pediatricians specializing in developmental challenges),” he said. --- MetroNews Canada --- April 25, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/8WaIXH


62.   “Chinese Authorities Hold Disabled Rights Lawyer under House Arrest” --- Chinese authorities have placed a disabled rights lawyer under house arrest and prevented a group of foreign diplomats from visiting her, ... --- Reuters --- April 25, 2016  (CHINA)  https://is.gd/qaTrWN


63.   “Hospitalisation of Schizophrenics Often Unjustified Expert Says” --- Schizophrenia patients spend an extremely long time in the hospital in the Czech Republic, compared to advanced countries, ... --- Prague Daily Monitor --- April 27, 2016  (CZECH REPUBLIC)  https://is.gd/2uNQDC


64.   “Deaf Woman Violently Assaulted by Beer-bellied Man and His Dog While Out Walking in Bristol Park” --- A deaf woman was violently assaulted by a man and his dog while out walking in a Bristol park. The woman was taking her own ... --- Bristol Post --- April 30, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/DKu0rL


65.   “Woman Jailed for Stabbing Special Needs Student to Death over Pasta” --- Alfie, a student at special needs academy Pield Heath Hourse in Uxbridge, bled heavily from four wounds to his chest and died shortly after being ... --- Evening Standard --- April 27, 2016  (ENGLAND)  https://is.gd/h3SrkP


66.   “Panel to Probe Deaths at Care Home for Mentally Ill Kids” --- TOI could not confirm the status of their health. The irony is that the children cannot express their ordeal as they are mentally challenged. "I am not ... --- Times of India --- April 30, 2016  (INDIA)  http://goo.gl/D6kMfr


67.   “Gardaí Investigate Second Attack on Limerick Boy with Special Needs” --- A 12-year-old boy with special needs was injured when he was attacked for a second time outside the Kileely Court community centre last Friday ... --- Limerick Post --- April 28, 2016  (IRELAND)  https://is.gd/rNESZg


68.   “Judge Refuses to Allow Man to Withdraw Guilty Plea in Murder of 'Mentally Challenged' Man Found Beaten to Death” --- A judge has refused to allow a man withdraw his guilty plea to the murder of a "mentally challenged" 63-year … --- Irish Independent --- April 25, 2016  (IRELAND)  https://is.gd/cmWYKr


69.   “Hospital Staff Blamed After Mentally Ill Man Disappears” --- An Eerste River family has accused a local hospital of negligence and an uncaring attitude to its patients after an elderly, mentally ill ... --- Independent Online --- April 27, 2016  (SOUTH AFRICA)  https://is.gd/dfkdAZ


70.   “Taxi Driver Gets 3 Years for Sexually Assaulting Mentally Disabled Passenger” --- A taxi driver who sexually assaulted a mentally disabled female passenger was sentenced to three years in prison Sunday by the appeals ... --- The Korea Herald -- April 24, 2016  (SOUTH KOREA)  https://is.gd/IAql9l  




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