[nfbwatlk] FW: [Wcb-l] FW: KING-5 4-16-14 Blind teen with cerebralpalsy found living in filth; caregivers charged
albertsanchez at suddenlink.net
Mon Apr 21 22:52:40 UTC 2014
Nasty! There ought to be a special hell for people like them!
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Subject: [nfbwatlk] FW: [Wcb-l] FW: KING-5 4-16-14 Blind teen with
cerebralpalsy found living in filth; caregivers charged
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> living in filth; caregivers charged
> This is truly appalling:
> From: Olson, Toby (ESD) [mailto:TOlson2 at ESD.WA.GOV]
> Sent: Monday, April 21, 2014 8:46 AM
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> Subject: FW: KING-5 4-16-14 Blind teen with cerebral palsy found living in
> filth; caregivers charged
> Blind teen with cerebral palsy found living in filth; caregivers charged
> by KING 5 News
> April 16, 2014
> A 19-year-old woman, blind and with cerebral palsy, was found nearly naked
> and surrounded by filth in her North Bend home and her caregivers have
> charged with second-degree criminal mistreatment and Medicaid fraud.
> Heather Curtis was 7 when she was orphaned and left in the care of April
> Jeffrey Henderson, neither of whom are related to the woman. According to
> court documents, April Henderson was the young woman's full-time caretaker
> and Jeffrey Henderson is her legal guardian.
> Documents say the Hendersons were unemployed and supported themselves and
> their four children on the $4,000 per month they received in government
> benefits to care for Curtis.
> In 2012, King County detectives conducted a welfare check at the Henderson
> home in North Bend.
> Detective Belinda Paredes-Garrett said in court documents that
> were "taken aback" by the conditions in Curtis' room.
> "Heather lived in the worse (sic) conditions I have experienced in 16
> of law enforcement," Paredes-Garrett said. "Her room was covered in feces,
> vomit, and debris. Her wheelchair was covered in filth and had an
> overwhelming odor of feces and urine."
> Curtis was lying on the lower bunk of a bunk bed, naked except for a
> "Heather was flailing and moaning, crying, the only way to describe her
> moaning was that of a wounded animal," Paredes-Garrett said. "She was
> severely thin, skeletal like."
> April Henderson was "aggressive," and tried to interfere with
> inspection, Paredes-Garrett said.
> April told Paredes-Garrett that investigators caught them on a "bad day."
> Jeff said it was a "bad week," but admitted they had "screwed up" in
> for Curtis.
> April told investigators she had thought caring for Curtis would become
> easier as she got older but instead it had become more difficult.
> Paredes-Garrett noted that while in the Hendersons' home she saw two
> flat-screen TVs, laptops, an iPad and iPhone, as well as many video
> components and games.
> "Jeffrey also has an extensive collection of reptiles," she said. "He
> he is a collector only, but was not able to explain how he was able to
> afford such a collection."
> Heather Curtis was immediately removed from the Henderson's home and taken
> to Seattle Children's Hospital for emergency care. She weighed 67 pounds
> Her teeth were in such bad shape she had 19 root canals and four
> Doctors said she would have been suffering with extreme pain for years. A
> nurse who took over guardianship of Curtis said the teen would have died
> she had remained in the home and continued to be neglected.
> The Hendersons later agreed that Curtis should be placed in a care
> Documents say Curtis continues to improve and has gained 30 pounds. She
> attends school and responds to her caregiver.
> Documents say after Curtis was removed from the home, April Henderson
> for unemployment, claiming to have been laid off. State Employment
> Department investigators say she owes $19,440 in undeserved unemployment
> The Hendersons currently reside in Saint Augustine, Fla. A bail amount for
> each was set at $50,000. They have not been jailed.
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