Mag­got case sparks call for in­ves­ti­ga­tion

The Washington Post Sunday - - POLITICS & THE NATION -

A New York law­maker is de­mand­ing a fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the state’s care for the dis­abled af­ter a re­cent As­so­ci­ated Press ar­ti­cle re­vealed the case of a man in­fested with mag­gots in a state-run group home.

Demo­cratic Assem­bly­man An­thony Brin­disi of Utica said Sat­ur­day that he is ask­ing the De­part­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices to in­ves­ti­gate the home and other statereg­u­lated fa­cil­i­ties for the dis­abled where there have been al­le­ga­tions of abuse and ne­glect.

Steven Wenger, 41, was twice found to have mag­gots crawl­ing around his breath­ing tube in a state-owned and -op­er­ated small group home in Rome, N.Y., last sum­mer. Wenger can­not walk, talk or feed him­self af­ter suf­fer­ing se­vere brain trauma in a 1991 car crash.

A state in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­cluded that the in­fes­ta­tion was the re­sult of ne­glect and that care­givers failed to prop­erly care for Wenger, yet no care­givers were dis­ci­plined.

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