13 Investigates: Call for caregiver registry

13 Investigates: Call for caregiver registry


>>>THOUSANDS OF VIEWERS ACROSS THE COUNTRY WATCHED AND SHARED OUR 13 INVESTIGATES REPORTS ABOUT ABUSE AND NEGLECT IN GROUP HOMES. AT ISSUE RIGHT NOW, PROVIDERS HIRING PEOPLE WITH VIOLENT CRIMINAL HISTORIES TO CARE FOR THE MOST VULNERABLE AMONG US.>>NEW TONIGHT, THE CALL FOR A CAREGIVER REGISTRY TO HELP PROTECT THOSE WHO CAN’T PROTECT THEMSELVES. OUR SANDRA CHAPMAN HAS THE STORY OF A FATHER AND SON PUSHING FOR A STATEWIDE TRACKING NETWORK.>>Reporter: THESE ARE GOOD DAYS FOR ERICK OWENS AND HIS 25-YEAR-OLD SON BRANDON. BRANDON HAS ASPERGER’S SYNDROME, A FORM OF AUTISM. HE LIVES IN A GROUP HOME UNDER 24-HOUR STAFFING, AND HE’S HAPPY. BUT THAT HASN’T ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE.>>IT BROKE MY HEART. I KNOW THE HEARTACHE WE EXPERIENCED.>>Reporter: IN APRIL 2012 BRANDON WAS ATTACKED IN HIS FORMER GROUP HOME BY THE MAN HIRED TO CARE FOR HIM.>>I WAS CONFUSED. I REALLY, REALLY WAS CONFUSED AT THE MOMENT. I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT TO THINK. I WAS SURPRISED THAT HE WOULD HURT ME.>>Reporter: BRANDON AND HIS FATHER DECIDED TO TELL THEIR STORY AFTER SEEING OUR INVESTIGATION INTO ABUSE AND NEGLECT AT RESCARE GROUP HOMES IN INDIANA. IMPORTANT TO NOTE RESCARE PURCHASED CAPITOL CITY AND TOOK OVER ITS GROUP HOMES, INCLUDING WHERE BRANDON WAS ATTACKED, DAYS AFTER THE INCIDENT.>>IT WAS JUST ALL OF THIS CHAOS.>>Reporter: IT STARTED WHEN BRANDON CALLED HIS DAD TO SAY THERE WAS NO FOOD IN THE HOUSE. ERICK OWENS IMMEDIATELY CALLED THE HOUSE MANAGER. SHE PROMISED HELP. WHEN SHE SHOWED UP HOURS LATER, SHE DISCOVERED BRANDON IN THE HOME UNSUPERVISED. HIS SCHEDULED CAREGIVER CLAUDE CRAWLEY, WAS NOWHERE TO BE FOUND. AND WHEN HE DID FINALLY SHOW UP –>>HE WAS INEBRIATED AND THOUGHT BRANDON RATTED HIM OUT.>>Reporter: COURT RECORDS SHOW WHAT HAPPENED NEXT.>>CLAUDE EVENTUALLY GOT HOLD OF BRANDON AND STARTED ATTACKING HIM AND I BELIEVE IT ENDED WHEN HE PUSHED BRANDON’S HEAD THROUGH THE WALL.>>Reporter: IT TOOK TWO SURGERIES TO REPAIR BRANDON’S BROKEN NOSE AND FACIAL INJURIES AFTER HAVING HIS HEAD SMASHED THROUGH A WALL.>>FIRST YOU’RE ANGRY AND WONDER HOW THIS COULD HAPPEN AND THEN THE NEXT THING IS MAKING SURE HE’S GOING TO GET TAKEN CARE OF.>>Reporter: CRAWLEY WAS ARRESTED AND CHARGED WITH FELONY BATTERY, INTIMIDATION AND DISORDERLY CONDUCT. TURNS OUT IT’S NOT THE FIRST TIME. IN 2003 HE WAS ARRESTED FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, BUT ALL CHARGES WERE DROPPED. TWO YEARS LATER IN 2005, ANOTHER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CASE, BUT, UNDER A PLEA DEAL, WAS SENTENCED TO JUST 12 DAYS IN JAIL FOR MISDEMEANOR BATTERY. NOW THE OWENS WANT TO KNOW WHY A MAN WITH A VIOLENT CRIMINAL HISTORY WAS HIRED AS A GROUP HOME CAREGIVER.>>THEY SHOULD AT LEAST NOT HAVE A RECORD, AND NOT HAVE ANY KIND OF DOMESTIC RECORD AT ALL.>>Reporter: AND JUST LIKE HIS OTHER CASES, CRAWLEY STRUCK A DEAL, THIS TIME ADMITTING GUILT TO INTIMIDATION.>>HE GOT OFF WITH JUST A YEAR’S PROBATION.>>Reporter: OWENS FILED A CIVIL SUIT AGAINST CAPITOL CITY AND RESCARE, THE OWNERS OF THE GROUP HOME, FOR CAUSING BRANDON “SEVERE PERSONAL INJURY AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS,” AND FOR NEGLIGENCE “IN THE HIRING, RETENTION AND EMPLOYMENT OF CLAUDE CRAWLEY.” CAPITOL CITY SETTLED THE LAWSUIT FOR $25,000 WITHOUT ADMITTING FAULT. RESCARE WAS NOT HELD LIABLE AS THE NEW OWNER. NOW OWENS WANTS CHANGE FROM HIRING PRACTICES TO THE PROSECUTION AND TRACKING OF VIOLENT CAREGIVERS.>>YOU WOULD HOPE WHEN PEOPLE ARE GETTING HURT SEVERELY THAT THERE WOULD BE A WAY TO SAY WHO ARE THE BAD PLAYERS.>>Reporter: HE’S TALKING ABOUT A REGISTRY OF VIOLENT CAREGIVERS.>>WE’RE HOPING THAT WE CAN COME UP WITH A WAY TO CREATE A REGISTRY TO HELP PROVIDERS CHOOSE PEOPLE WHO SHOULD BE WORKING IN THOSE SITUATIONS A LITTLE BIT BETTER.>>Reporter: KIM DODSON IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT ARC OF INDIANA AN ADVOCACY GROUP FOR THE DISABLED. SHE SAYS CASES LIKE THE ONES 13 INVESTIGATES EXPOSED SHOW A NEED FOR MORE PROTECTION.>>DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION ANY LONGER, BUT WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING.>>Reporter: SOMETHING BEFORE ANOTHER GROUP HOME CRISIS LEADS TO HARM.>>THIS WHOLE, NASTY PROCESS COULD BE STARTING FOR SOMEONE FRESH TODAY AND THAT JUST — HEARTBREAKING.>>TONIGHT RESCARE NOW OPERATING UNDER THE NAME BRIGHTSPRING SAYS IT “FULLY SUPPORTS THE CREATION OF A STATEWIDE REGISTRY HERE IN INDIANA” “TO HELP PROTECT INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES, THEIR FAMILIES AND THE COMPANIES THAT CARE FOR THEM.” KENTUCKY, THE HEADQUARTERS FOR RESCARE/BRIGHTSPRING, ALREADY HAS A REGISTRY. A TASK FORCE WILL MEET TO DETERMINE WHAT CRIMINAL CONVICTIONS WILL BAN APPLICANTS FROM WORKING AS A CAREGIVERS HERE IN INDIANA.>>SANDRA, HOW IS BRANDON DOING?>>Reporter: HE IS DOING

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