Timothy Aleshire

Photo: A light-skinned, brown-haired young man sits outdoors, eating fast food from a paper container. He is wearing sunglasses, a red cap, a black T-shirt with a logo, and blue shorts.Name: Timothy Aleshire.
Died: January 8, 2010.
Age at death: 27.
Cause of death: Suffocated during restraint.
Location: Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA.

Tim was a Special Olympics bowler who enjoyed going to the library and eating out. Every year, he looked forward to the Minnesota State fair and set up a countdown to enjoying the fair’s famous cheese curds.

Timothy, who had schizophrenia and developmental disabilities in addition to autism, had trouble with anger management. His mother says that during the time he lived with her, he had attacked her on several occasions. However, at twenty-one years old he was placed at a group home where he had 24-hour care and a staff with training that emphasized helping residents communicate their needs, and soon Tim was doing much better. He had learned to understand when he was becoming too angry, and would go to his room instead of attacking anyone. His records show steady improvement, and he had not attacked his mother at all in the six years he had spent at the center.

Timothy worked at a sheltered workshop, but the job was a “poor match” for him and he wasn’t happy there. He was in the process of finding a different placement. While he was at work, Timothy had a meltdown and took a swing at a co-worker. Four staff restrained him so that he could not breathe. He was taken to the hospital, but his brain had been without oxygen for too long. He died eight days later.

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