Incidents at Group Home Concern Neighbors and Result in Investigations

A group home that was investigated in April after a neighbor witnessed a fire in the front yard of the home is under investigation again. The neighbors called the fire department after they saw a client ignite a shrub in the yard of the group home. The April investigation resulted in a $500 fine.

Again the home is being investigated at the request of concerned neighbors who said they caught what they think is a staff member abusing a mentally ill resident on video. The couple who lives near the home heard screaming coming from the group home then watched a fistfight between who two people spill into the yard of the group home. The video recording shows someone in a scrub smock pushing another person to the ground.

Two days after the incident, employees draped a dark screening material over the fence, blocking neighbors' view of the facility. According to a representative from the facility, the barrier is for the protection of the clients. An investigation is ongoing regarding the alleged abuse witness by neighbors.  Police records show that deputies have responded to 71 calls to just four group homes by the same owner since 2009. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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