PINEVILLE, LA — Three employees have been fired from a state-run special needs home. They’ve been accused and charged with abusing an autistic teen.
A 15-year-old living in the Pineview medical facility was allegedly strangled and beaten up during what should have been a routine medical exam. The teen, who is unable to speak as a result of his medical condition, was having his blood drawn as a way of monitoring his medications.
The teen’s mother, Teresa Wilson, told NBC33 News she had a hard time sending him to the facility in the first place. When she saw how badly he was hurt, she became furious.
"I was not prepared for what I saw. I was devastated,” she said. “When I walked into Jonah's room, he was laying on his bed with his head covered up, and when I pulled the covers back, I was just in shock."
Charles Mayo, Milton Deville, and Latrice Gray were arrested earlier this moth. They were charged with Cruelty to the Infirmed and Second Degree Cruelty to a Juvenile.
The Department of Health and Hospitals substantiated the claims and fired the individuals as a result of its investigation. A spokesperson for DHH told NBC33 that it takes seriously the care of its clients. He added that the agency does not fire employees without a thorough investigation, and that the evidence in this case was very strong.