Joseph Winters

School photo of a boy wearing a white-and-red collared shirt; he has dark skin and short dark hair.Name: Joseph Winters
Died: February 1, 2013
Age at death: 14
Cause of death: Suffocation during restraint
Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

Joseph’s family chose a residential facility for him partly based on the facility’s extensive network of security cameras.

Only a few hours after he arrived at a residential facility for people with autism, Joseph was dead. Staff restrained him, and he suffocated. The camera that should have held footage of Joseph’s death, staff reported, was broken.

Joseph is survived by his parents and older brother. An investigation at the facility turned up “no non-compliance issues”, and no one has been penalized for Joseph’s death.

14-Year-Old Teen With Autism Dies Mysteriously In Treatment Facility
Autistic boy, 14, ‘suffocates and dies on first day at treatment facility after staff had to restrain him’

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