Adrian police: ProMedica autism center investigation uncovers multiple abuse victims


ADRIAN, Mich. — Police are investigating reports that staff abused several children with autism at ProMedica’s Bixby Hospital.

Adrian police announced Friday that it had opened an investigation into a report of child abuse at the hospital’s Center for Autism. At the time, the department said it was believed more than one child was victimized.

On Tuesday, police said additional victims and suspects had been identified, but declined to provide more information, citing the active investigation.

Adrian police said ProMedica and the Center for Autism were cooperating in the investigation. In a statement Friday, ProMedica cited its “proactive monitoring process” for how it became aware of the original abuse complaint. 

“In accordance with our procedures, we immediately notified the appropriate parties to inform them about the matter. Since we are in the process of conducting a full investigation, we are unable to discuss specifics,” the statement reads. “However, we would like the community to know that we are committed to swiftly addressing any concern that is at odds with our high quality care standards.”

Those with additional information about reports of abuse at the center can call Adrian police Detective LaMar Rufner at 517-264-4834.