• January 15, 2011

Two Arrested in Connection to Death of David Taylor at a State Home in Richmond, TX

According to recent news reports from Richmond Texas two people have been arrested in connection to the death of 28-year-old David Taylor a resident at the Richmond State Supported Living Center. Taylor died on October 8 due to blunt force trauma to the abdomen as a later autopsy would reveal. Taylor a mentally challenged man had been a resident at the state home for the last six years. 25-year-old Rivers Glover Jr. and 41-year-old Amara Oparanozie both workers at the State Home at the time of the incident have been arrested. Investigators believe that Glover who was tasked with Taylors non-medical care hit Taylor with an unknown object around 12:30 a.m. then reported discovering that Taylor was not breathing around 5 a.m. Oparanozie a nurse reported that she had checked on Taylor at both 12:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. but following the autopsy results revealing that Taylor could not have been alive at those times recanted her statement.

Glover has been charged with injury to a disabled person with intent a first-degree felony charge which could result in anywhere between 5 and 99 years of imprisonment. Oparanozie has been charged with injury to a disabled person with criminal negligence a state offense punishable by up to two years. Both worker were fired in February of 2011 after the state opened an investigation into the fatal incident.

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State home abuse like nursing home abuse is a tragic issue that most of us hope doesnt occur. Unfortunately as this devastating event and others like it are all too often covered in the news we understand that such abuse happens. What makes these instances more shocking is the fact that the people tasked with providing care to some of the states more vulnerable people allegedly cause further harm to defenseless residents due to their suspected negligent behavior. What is reported to have occurred in this particular instance is unconscionable. While the suspected perpetrators of this incident are being held criminally liable for their actions they likely along with other parties may also be held civilly liable for their actions. Due to respondeat superior an employer may be held liable for the actions of their employees. An employer may also bear direct liability for such an incident in the event that negligent hiring practices occurred. Other issues may have also played a role in this tragic incident. Consequently a third party investigation may be concurrently conducted with other investigations currently being performed so that each and every liable party at fault for this untimely incident might be identified and held fully accountable for their detrimental role.

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