June 26, 2006

Suffocated by "Restraints": 7-Year-Old Dies After Ninth "Restraint"

A story in Sunday's Duluth News Tribune reports that a 7 year old killed last month at a "conseling center" -- suffocating during a "restraint" -- had been similarly held down forcibly 8 other times.

Angellika Arndt, of Ladysmith, Wis., died May 26 at Children's Hospital & Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis, a day after police were called to the Northwest Counseling and Guidance Clinic in Rice Lake, Wis., on a report that she was unresponsive.

Arndt was a patient at the clinic and had been restrained by staff members for behavioral issues, police said.

Arndt died from complications of chest compression, which caused lack of air from a restraint hold she was placed in by staff members, Barron County District Attorney Angela Holmstrom has said.

Read story: Girl, 7, was restrained eight times before death at counseling center (Duluth News Tribune, June 25)

Posted on June 26, 2006