08/04/2010 // West Palm Beach, FL, USA // Tara Monks // Tara Monks
Langhorne, PA – Police have concluded the caregiver involved in the death of a severely autistic man who was left in a hot van after a day trip was criminally negligent in her care for the man, as reported by The Philadelphia Enquirer. Stacey Strauss, of Philadelphia, was charged with neglect of a care-dependent person, a first-degree felony that can carry a 20-year sentence.
As was previously explained in the article, “Pennsylvania wrongful death: Assisted living client dies after being left in van,” 20-year-old Bryan Nevins was left behind in a van for over five hours after clients and counselors with Woods Services returned from a day trip.
Strauss has repeatedly claimed, “everyone was out of the van,” in reference to the fatal day.
Bucks County District Attorney David W. Heckler, along with Middletown Township’s acting public safety director Patrick McGinty said, “Mr. Nevins’ death was not simply a tragic accident. Rather, his death resulted from the criminal failure of the defendant to discharge her assigned responsibilities to Mr. Nevins.”
Strauss, who previously had a clean record of safety, was arraigned before District Judge Daniel Baranoski. Her bail was set at $50,000.
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