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FBI Investigates Claims of Abuse, Neglect at Residential Center for Deaf, Autistic Children

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating complaints of abuse and neglect at a residential treatment center for deaf and autistic children, NBC News reports.

The probe follows an NBC investigation that uncovered claims of abuse of 10 patients at NDA Behavioral Health System in Mt. Dora, Fla.

“He’s been broken,” said Hannah, who alleges in her lawsuit that her son was physically abused and inappropriately touched. “And our whole family has been broken.”

“If they do this to him –- and he can talk,” she said, “think of what they do to the ones who can’t talk.”

Negligence led to three deaths, according to lawsuits and a state report.

One employee said she was told not to call police.

Justice Department to Offer GPS Devices for Autistic Children Following Death of 14-Year-Old

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Children suffering from severe autism and similar conditions should soon be eligible for GPS tracking devices paid for by taxpyaers, Time reports.

New York Sen.Charles Schumer said the idea is to help parents find their children if they stray off.

The devices from the Justice Department cost about $85 each, Time wrote.

The news comes after a severely autistic 14-year-old, Avonte Oquendo, went missing in October and was later found dead in the East River.

Schumer said the goal is to secure long-term funding.