Jon Henley

Black-and-white school portrait photo of a boy with dark skin and very short dark hair.Name: Jon "Jon-Jon" Leander Henley
Died: April 2, 1997
Age at death: 14
Cause of death: Medical neglect; untreated seizure
Location: Margate, Florida, USA

Fourteen-year-old Jon-Jon lived in residential care because his home school district had said they weren't equipped to teach him. He had autism and epilepsy, and was supposed to be on 15-minute checks.

On the night he died, he was sleeping in a bunk bed, and his bunkmate went to staff and told them that Jon was shaking the bunk bed. Staff did not help him or even recognize the obvious seizure; they just told him to keep quiet.

Jon-Jon was found dead in bed the next morning. He had died of a seizure that would not end, and despite his bunkmate's attempts to help him and the fifteen-minute checks he was supposed to get, no one had noticed.

Several months later, a tipster called the state child abuse hotline and reported that Jon-Jon's seizures had been ignored by staff, and that he had received inadequate treatment. At his autopsy, the levels of seizure medication in his blood were far below therapeutic levels.

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