Death of a small boy after drowning has put the axe of fault and criticism over the head of the respite care facility, whose lax security measures could not stop the boy's effort to escape and he drowned in the duck pond.
The 11-year-old boy, who drowned in the duck pond and died, was autistic. The incident happened due to the negligence of Spectrum Care Trust Board facility, which Deputy Health and Disability Commissioner Ms. Tania Thomas has criticized, in her statement, for their security measures.
The young boy escaped through the back gate of the facility and unfortunately drowned and died in the pond that is situated almost 250 metres away from the building.
Master Julian Stacey was suffering from autism and his mental levels were at the age of only one or two. He had already been assessed as a high escape risk because he earlier also tried to escape from the facility three times in 2008.
His recent and unfortunately final escape is blaming the authority and its development of a crisis plan for dealing with all future escapes too.
"I consider that, by having gates that could be opened from the outside, Spectrum Care failed to address a factor that contributed to the environment being insufficiently secure", the findings said.
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