|Birth: ||Sep. 12, 1993|
|Death: ||Feb. 15, 2007|
Jonathan Michael Carey, 13, Our Beloved Son, died on February 15, 2007, and has gone to be with his Savior Jesus and is now safe in His loving arms. Jonathan was born on September 12, 1993 and has brought love and joy to his family. Even though he couldn't speak with many words, except "Daddy," his smile would light up a room and could speak a million words. He was very loving and affectionate. He was a precious gift from the Lord and he will be deeply missed by his family and friends. One of Jonathan's greatest joys was riding horses and he loved being with horses. Jonathan is survived by his parents, Michael and Lisa Carey, and his younger brother, Joshua. He is also survived by his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary Carey of Glenmont; and his maternal grandfather, Bill Krug of Colonie. Jonathan is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins, both paternal and maternal. Calling hours will be Tuesday, February 20 at Delmar Full Gospel Church at 282 Elsmere Avenue in Delmar, N.Y. from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 21 at 10 a.m. at Delmar Full Gospel Church. Reception following at the church. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jonathan's memory to Hearts of the Father Outreach, to help feed and save orphaned, abandoned and abused children at Hearts of the Father Outreach, P.O. Box 491, Sheffield, MA 01257.
The parents of an autistic boy who police said died Thursday after a care worker improperly restrained him in the back of a van want authorities to make immediate changes to the state's system of institutionalized homes and schools.
In a written statement, Michael and Lisa Carey said the state already failed their 13-year-old son Jonathan by not investigating abuse they allege happened at a Dutchess County facility for autistic children, Anderson School, in 2004.
"Now we must contend with our grief over the loss of our son and the surreal experience of having to bury Jonathan, all because of a broken and failing system," the statement said.
At a news conference outside his Brunswick home Saturday morning, Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno said he'll work with his colleagues to prevent similar tragedies.
Jonathan Carey, who lived at the O.D. Heck Developmental Center in Niskayuna, and a 14-year-old client were on a shopping trip to Crossgates Mall in Guilderland Thursday evening with two staffers, Edwin Tirado, 35, and Nadeem Mall, 32, when Jonathan died, Colonie Police said.
On the way to Crossgates, Mall stopped at an ATM and when he returned to the van Tirado had Carey in an illegal restraint hold, Colonie Police Chief Stephen Heider said. Carey was also mentally retarded and nonverbal.
Neither man sought or offered medical help; they stopped to buy drinks at a gas station, bought a video game in Mohawk Commons in Niskayuna and then dropped the game off at Tirado's home, authorities said. It was only after they returned to O.D. Heck, overseen by the state Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, that efforts were made to revive the boy.
Staff called 911 at 8:52 p.m., almost 2 hours after the group left on the shopping trip, police said. Carey was pronounced dead at St. Clare's Hospital in Schenectady. An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday but Colonie Police Sgt. Kenneth Fuchs said the results weren't available later that afternoon.
Tirado, of 1634 6th Ave., Schenectady, and Mall, 32, of 9 Plaske Drive, Schenectady were charged with manslaughter and sent to Albany County jail without bail.
Bruno said parents should feel secure their children are treated properly in institutions like O.D. Heck and that caretakers there are well-trained.
Deborah Sturm Rausch, OMRDD spokeswoman, said she couldn't comment on specifics of the case or on Tirado and Mall's training.
She said in a facility like O.D. Heck, people who provide direct care to clients are normally classified as developmental aides. Civil Service lists no educational requirement for the position and demands only minimal qualifications, such as reading and writing skills and English proficiency.
But during a traineeship, which normally lasts about a year, OMRDD requires criminal background checks, fingerprinting and training, Rausch said.
"OMRDD requires developmental aides to receive intensive training to assure the safety and welfare of the people entrusted into their care," she said.
They are trained to prevent the use of physical intervention with people during behavioral episodes, and are educated on developmental disabilities, client protection, abuse prevention, managing behaviors, first aid and CPR, Rausch said. The last two must be renewed annually.
The two will likely head back to court for a preliminary hearing Wednesday when the Careys will bury their son.
In their statement, the Careys said Jonathan was a happy boy who loved horses. They said "he speaks flowing words now, with praise to Jesus whom he loved."
They said Jonathan's legacy will be changes in legislation. They said it's time for state officials to investigate its institutional system -- as the family has begged them to for the last year.
Bruno said he'll schedule hearings shortly and will try to expedite the passage of legislation related to the issue. He said state Sen. Stephen Saland, R-Poughkeepsie, already introduced a bill giving parents access to their children's records at state-run facilities. The Careys have tried in vain -- blocked by privacy laws -- to obtain Jonathan's records from Anderson School -- for more than a year.
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So sad to hear the way you were treated in such a cruel way and for you to be abused and tortured like that is unfair and should have never happened. Rest in peace Jonathan.|
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