Improper restraints, failure to seek medical care left child severely injured at Wyalusing Academy
The child severely injured at a Prairie du Chien residential care center earlier this year was dropped to the ground by a worker and left lying on a hard floor overnight despite complaints of pain before workers finally decided to take him to the hospital the next day, new state records show.
The Oct. 1 letter to Clinicare Corp. about the facility, Wyalusing Academy, provides new details about how the child was injured in June and what led to the facility being shut down earlier this month.
Aaron Chrisp said the injuries left his son paralyzed.
“It’s a pretty hard situation. Brandon loves basketball, and I have to tell my son he probably won’t be able to play again,” Chrisp said. “The chances of him walking again are slim to none.”
The state didn’t confirm the boy’s specific injuries, citing confidentiality requirements under state and federal law dealing with the protection of minors and health care privacy.
And a spokesman for Clinicare declined to comment, citing pending litigation.
But the state’s report about the incident mirrors a description of events offered by Chrisp.
The documents obtained last week from the state Department of Children and Families indicate that a staff member at Wyalusing Academy lost his balance and fell to the ground with Brandon during a June 24 incident. But the boy was not given a medical evaluation — even though he told staffers his “legs hurt and were numb immediately following the restraint” — and yet another hold was done on Brandon afterward while moving him from one room to another, the documents show….
Clinicare continues to operate two other residential care facilities in Wisconsin, one in Milwaukee and another in Eau Claire….