Jonathan Carey

Jonathan CareyName: Jonathan Carey
Died: February 15, 2007
Age at death: 13
Cause of death: Suffocation during restraint
Location: Albany, New York, USA

Details:
Jonathan’s parents enrolled him in a school for autistic children when he was nine years old, so that Jonathan could be taught useful daily living skills. When Jonathan began losing weight, his parents found out that the school had been denying him food as punishment for offenses such as taking off his shirt. They took Jonathan out of that school, but Jonathan’s situation got worse. His experiences at the school had left him with PTSD.

Seeking help for him, Jonathan’s parents enrolled him at a state school. Three times Jonathan was injured–bruises and a broken nose. Each time the school claimed that the injuries were accidental.

On the day he died, Jonathan was in a van with two staff, running errands. One staff member went into a bank, and while they waited for him to come out, Jonathan got out of his seat. The staff member restrained Jonathan, pushing him to the ground face-down and sitting on him. After fifteen minutes, Jonathan stopped breathing.

Rather than getting help for Jonathan, they kept running errands, going to buy a video game and visiting a staff member’s house with the boy’s body in the van.

References:
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