Disabled Boy Dies at Group Home State Planned to Close

A 10-year-old disabled foster child died July 2 at an Anne Arundel County group home operated by LifeLine. State health officials were in the process of closing the facility.

A boy cared for at the LifeLine group home in the Laurel area died last week. File|Patch
A boy cared for at the LifeLine group home in the Laurel area died last week. File|Patch

A “medically fragile” boy who breathed with the help of a ventilator died last week at an Anne Arundel County group home that Maryland regulators were working to close down.

The 10-year-old disabled foster child identified only as Damaud died July 2 at the home operated by LifeLine Inc., The Baltimore Sun reports. The state contracted-home was recently told it would lose its license because the facility didn’t have enough employees on hand to provide around-the-clock care for the special needs children.

Following the boy’s death, 10 other youths were removed from LifeLine's care, although state Health Secretary Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein told the Sun the changes were not linked to the death.

Connie West, who supervised the deceased boy's education plans, told the Sun that Damaud was under a "do not resuscitate" order authorized by social services officials. The boy could have died if his tube became clogged and was not quickly changed, she said.

"He probably would have passed," West told the Sun. "That doesn't mean he would have passed this soon."

In 2012, the state revoked LifeLine's license to care for disabled adults after two residents died at an Owings Mills facility.

State officials will not release any information about the boy's death until an autopsy is performed and the investigations into his care and the facility’s staffing are completed.

>>Read the full Baltimore Sun story here.


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