Advocacy Group Says Death At Arkansas Center Was Negligent

Jan 26, 2016

A report by a disability rights advocacy group says an Arkansas woman choked to death during a seizure at a state-run human development center because staff thought she was "faking."

Disability Rights Arkansas, a nonprofit that advocates for protections for people with disabilities, released the report Tuesday on the February 2015 death of a 24-year-old at the Booneville Human Development Center about 130 miles west of Little Rock. The group says the death was negligent and avoidable.

The report cited medical records and interviews with staff members and the woman's family.

The Arkansas Department of Human Services runs the center, which is one of five in the state that provide 24-hour care to people with physical or mental disabilities.

A DHS spokeswoman did not immediately return a call for comment.