PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A group home where police said a teenager was beaten to death by two other residents has had its license revoked by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and will be closing permanently by the end of the month.
A letter from the state agency March 31 to Circle C Youth and Family Services in Pittsburgh says the decision to revoke the license was based on several violations identified by department inspectors.
Those violations include child mistreatment, failure to report incidents, incomplete or inaccurate health and safety assessments. The department made five inspections at the Carrick home in January and March.
Two former residents are awaiting trial on charges they killed 16-year-old Nicholas Grant, who police said was hit with a vacuum cleaner and choked during an argument Jan. 10. He died three days later from a lack of oxygen to the brain, according to the county medical examiner.
Circle C was sued in March by the family of another teenager who claimed that officials were negligent in hiring an employee who was charged with grabbing the teenager by the head and tossing him down a flight of concrete steps.
Circle C had until April 10 to appeal the decision to revoke its license. The Circle C board voted May 6 to shut down the agency.
The Carrick home was one of four residential homes for minors that Circle C operates in Pittsburgh. It will still run one in Bellevue and two on the North Side.
Mom accused of burning 58-pound adult son faces theft charge
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ A Pittsburgh woman accused of burning and malnourishing her 58-pound adult son has now been charged with stealing his Social Security benefit.
Authorities say Vonda Brown submerged the 24-year-old man’s hand in a hot liquid in October, resulting in a 58-day hospital stay. But Brown’s attorney, Almon Burke, says medical records he’s seen suggest Brown’s son was being treated for a staph infection.
State agents now say Brown spent her son’s Social Security checks while he was in the hospital and didn’t use the money for his medical care. Burke didn’t respond directly to those charges.
Brown’s son is autistic and has cerebral palsy. Authorities have said he was screaming to be fed when he first arrived at a hospital.
Brown also faces aggravated assault and Medicaid fraud charges.
2 former Georgia inmates to trial in Pennsylvania jury scam
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Two former Georgia state prison inmates have been ordered to stand trial in western Pennsylvania on charges they phoned Pennsylvania residents and scammed six into wiring $990 each, supposedly to pay fines for missing jury duty.
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (http://bit.ly/1H3eKR8 ) reports 28-year-old Taurus Thurmond, of Carrolton, Georgia, and 36-year-old Antonio Jones, of Conley, Georgia, waived their rights to a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Pittsburgh.
The Allegheny County sheriff’s office learned of the scam on Easter weekend when about 30 people called saying they’d received phone calls about fines for missing jury duty.
Investigators traced the calls to phones with the Pittsburgh region’s 412 area code and tied the phones to the suspects through the Georgia State Probation system. The suspects were arrested in Georgia in April and extradited to Pittsburgh.
Information from: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, http://www.post-gazette.com
Ex-nanny for Penguins player to stand trial on theft charges
PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The former nanny for the family of Pittsburgh Penguins player Chris Kunitz is set to stand trial on charges she stole $12,000 diamond earrings from his wife, then sold them to jewelry stores.
The investigation of 26-year-old Andrea Forsythe began when her rental home burned down in June. She faces separate federal charges of setting that fire and filing false insurance claims to collect on jewelry she said was lost in the blaze.
Federal agents say the jewelry linked to the fire was stolen from another couple for whom Forsythe worked as a nanny. It was during that investigation that authorities say they discovered the theft from Kunitz’s home in 2013.
Collier Township police say Forsythe confessed stealing the earrings.
Forsythe waived her preliminary hearing Monday and declined to comment.