William Lamson

Photo of William Lamson, a teenage boy with dark brown eyes, light skin, short brown hair, and a solemn expression.Name: William “Willy” Lamson.
Died: March 1, 2018.
Age at death: 26.
Cause of death: Restraint-related (“Stopped breathing” while alone with staff during meltdown).
Location: Mt. Dora, Florida, USA.

Willy Lamson loved sweets, especially pumpkin pie, Swiss cake rolls, Pop-Tarts, and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.

William died at a residential care center, where one of the staff pushed him, hit him, and goaded him into a meltdown by taking away the helmet he wore to protect his head. Avoiding the security camera by pushing William into his room, the staff member pinned William down, compressing his chest until William could not breathe in. When he stopped breathing, the staff member didn’t bring him oxygen or call for help. He simply let William die on the floor.

The center is also responsible for the deaths of Paige Lunsford and Jon Henley, both autistic. Several complaints of abuse have been substantiated. The facility has been scheduled to be closed several times, only to be re-opened under new management.

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