Maggot case sparks call for investigation
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.