Reposted from an online story By Sarah Wallace
Friday, August 08, 2014
BRONX (WABC) — Family members of mentally challenged adults make disturbing claims of abuse against a group home in the Bronx, and now the State Justice center is investigating.
“When I saw Bianca, she had a blue and black eye and I said wow,” said Carlos Ramos.
Carlos Ramos can’t even bear to look at the pictures he took of his severely disabled daughter, Bianca.
“I don’t want to see it,” he said.
Ramos visits his daughter every weekend at the Union IRA group home in the Bronx when he saw her black eye during a trip in May, he says he demanded an investigation.
Sarah Wallace: “They told you that a staff member hit her in the eye.” Definitely.”
Ramos: “It was physical abuse.”
He says he could never find out who did it or what happened to them.
Ramos: “How does somebody do that? That’s what hurts me so much. How does anybody do that to my daughter?”
Or to Tony Kearins’ daughter, Lauraa Kearins’s sister. They say they were told earlier this week that 45-year-old Debbie Kearins had been taken by staff from the Union IRA group home to Lincoln Hospital.
“They said it was allergies,” said Sarah.
What is even more disturbing is a hospital report Eyewitness News obtained that says the person from the group home who escorted Debbie into the emergency room abused her there.
Watch Sarah Wallace’s complete investigation tonight on Eyewitness News.