Supervisor At Staten Island Psychiatric Center Charged In Death Of Autistic Patient Jawara Henry

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A supervisor at a Staten Island facility has been indicted on a criminally negligent homicide charge in the death of an autistic patient last year.

The Staten Island district attorney’s office said Erik Stanley, of Middletown, N.J., pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

The developmental aide supervisor also is charged with endangering the patient’s welfare.

The medical examiner determined Jawara Henry died Dec. 4 of asphyxiation by neck and chest compression at the South Beach Psychiatric Center.

An eight-month investigation found that Stanley did not follow protocol or use proper techniques while trying to restrain the patient. At the time, Henry was agitated and biting staff and other patients.

Stanley’s attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

The facility is run by a division of the New York State Office for People With Developmental Disabilities.

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  • scallywag

    Autism is not mental illness, and such an apparently gentle young man hardly deserves such severe treatment. The fact that Stanley is an authority in the state-run institution does not bode well for his case; could we forgive a newly hired aide easier if they did the same thing?

  • Sad

    Note that this is a supervisor of developmental aides, not a doctor or well-trained healthcare professional. All he needed was a high school diploma and a 6 week course to become an aide.

    Where were the RNS and doctors?

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