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Thursday, September 22, 2011

A Settlement in the Carey Case

The Albany Times-Union reports on the case of Jonathan Carey.

The parents of Jonathan Carey, a 13-year-old with autism who died in February 2007 at the hands of a health aide, will receive $5 million from the state to settle their wrongful death lawsuit against the the O.D. Heck Developmental Center in Niskayuna and the state Office for People with Developmental Disabilities.

Edwin Tirado was found guilty of manslaughter in October 2007 after a jury found he recklessly took the boy’s life while restraining him during an ill-fated field trip to Crossgates Mall that began at the O.D. Heck and ultimately ended with Tirado and another aide in handcuffs.

The settlement between the state and Michael and Lisa Carey was first reported by the New York Times’ Albany bureau chief Danny Hakim, who has recently worked on a series of articles on disciplinary breakdowns and financial practices at facilities overseen by the OPWDD and the Commission on Quality of Care, a watchdog agency.