The Metcalfs say their son, Trenton, has suffered a black eye and concussion in separate incidents
EUCLID -- Channel 3 news has learned that the Ohio Attorney General is investigating allegations of abuse at the Rose-Mary Center, a facility in Euclid for children and young adults with special needs.
Channel 3 has learned that a state investigator was dispatched to the home of Michele and Chuck Metcalf, who spoke exclusively to Channel 3 News Investigator Tom Meyer about their son's injuries he suffered while being cared for at the facility. A spokesman for the attorney general would neither confirm nor deny an investigation is underway.
The Metcalfs say their 16-year-old autistic son was physically abused at the Rose-Mary Center, and that's the primary reason they recently removed him from the controversial facility.
They say their son, Trenton, recently suffered a black eye, and they were told it was due to him slipping and falling when he ran from the shower.
"Our concern is for his safety. There's just a general lack of caring on their part," said Chuck Metcalf, who described the facility as out of control with no supervision.
Michele Metcalf explained that, in another case, a worker slammed her son to the ground and knelt on him.
"Trenton ended up in a hospital and had a concussion," she said.
The Metcalfs described the center as filthy and unsafe. They seem to have support from two different agencies.
A 64-page report done by the advocacy group Disability Rights Ohio criticized the facility for providing inadequate care and for operating a poorly-maintained facility.
The group says it examined the center's unusual incident reports for the past six months totaling more than 375 reports, including more than 250 involving physical injuries to the youth.
"Those reports depict a concerning pattern of alleged staff abuse -- both physical and verbal -- as well as numerous physical injuries of 'unknown origin,' " according to the report.
But the controversial center is receiving support from some parents who feel the facility has greatly benefitted their children.
"Let's not completely tear down an institution that's been there over a 100 years and has helped countless children," said Betty Blaha who demonstrated outside of channel 3.
The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities says the Rose-Mary Center has struggled to provide quality care. They said follow-up visits show that conditions have not improved.
The state has investigators on site and is doing a comprehensive review of the facility
ODD is expected to decide soon if the facility's license to operate should be renewed..
Inspectors from their office are at the Rose-Mary Center monitoring activities 24/7. The state has ordered that it was suspending any admissions to the facility until it can prove deficiencies have been corrected.
Rose-Mary Center Executive Director Patricia Colombo released the following statement::
Our top priority is the protection, safety and well-being of our residents, and we have recently upgraded our staffing structure to ensure proper supervision by qualified professionals at all times.
We take any concern or complaint very seriously -- whether it was raised by a public agency, a parent or any other advocate for the individuals we serve. As we have done consistently in the past, we remain committed to continuing to demonstrate the quality of our operations to the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the Ohio Department of Health and to the entire community we serve. To ensure ongoing compliance with licensure and certification requirements, we are currently in the process of developing and implementing a corrective action plan that we are confident will address the concerns of the state agencies.