June 28, 2006

More arrests made in abuse at Oakwood

Four staffers at the Kentucky institution Oakwood were arrested yesterday for beating a resident with a broomstick.

From the Courier-Journal:

The announcement of their arrests yesterday brings to 15 the number of staff members charged since 2004 with abuse or neglect of residents at Communities at Oakwood. The Somerset facility houses 260 people, some severely disabled. . .

Last week, four other Oakwood workers were arrested on abuse charges in connection with a resident's suffering a broken nose on a fishing trip last month.. . . .

State officials have said they have no plans to close Oakwood. . . .

"We should all be outraged. Our tax dollars are paying for this place," said Maureen Fitzgerald, head of KY Protection and Advocacy.

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Posted on June 28, 2006