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Published: Thursday, 11/3/2005

Fulton MRDD reviewing neglect case

WAUSEON Fulton County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities employees apparently forgot a disabled woman who was in the restroom when they locked the doors and left the sheltered workshop at the end of their workday there Oct. 20.

One employee, Amanda Gill, a vocational habilitation programmer, was suspended without pay that evening pending results of an investigation, Superintendent Brenda Oyer said. Disciplinary action against more employees is possible depending upon an investigators report, she added.

The matter is being reviewed by Rob Elston, an investigative agent with the Northwest Ohio Waiver Administration Council in Defiance, which is authorized by the Ohio Department of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

His report is expected this month.

The disabled woman was at Triangular Processing Facility on Fulton County Road 14 in Ottokee, in a building the disabilities board shares with other county operations. She was seen by those workers when she emerged from the restroom.

The seven disabilities employees and about 30 other disabled people had left about 3:30 p.m. on the bus the woman was also to ride.

Another county employee called the disabilities board within minutes, and a driver was dispatched to pick the woman up.

We took immediate corrective action, and it will not happen again, Superintendent Oyer said.

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