GEORGETOWN, S.C. (WCSC/WMBF) – A mom who statements her 13-calendar year-outdated was dragged down the stairs and punched by employees at a Georgetown behavioral health and fitness centre is speaking publicly about the incident.
“Our tale is special from the commencing,” Lerryn Gough says.
Gough suggests her son has autism, among the other desires. It was a year back, she says, that Gough place him into the treatment of Broadstep Behavioral Health and fitness in Georgetown, SC.
It was not extensive right after he arrived in April of 2021 that an altercation exactly where the teenager strike a team member escalated into the clinic’s workers dragged her son down the stairs, punching him and breaking his arm, in accordance to a lawsuit in opposition to the clinic, submitted previously this year in Georgetown County.
That lawsuit alleges an employee held the teen’s arm powering his back till a “pop” let out. The files go on to say he was dealt with for a broken arm, but his mom was never notified.
Gough states Broadstep did not convey to her or the Department of Social Providers, which oversees the clinic. She states she situated her son making use of the ‘Find my iPad’ element on her cellphone immediately after she had not read from him for an extended period.
“The concept that a special desires little one would have his arm damaged in a facility that’s supposed to be furnishing treatment for him is fairly stunning,” Lawyer Heather Stone, who’s symbolizing Gough and her son, suggests.
“The assault was at 8:30 at night time,” Gough states. “He was not taken to the Crisis Space until eventually close to 11 a.m.”
This situation was not just a undesirable few of times, Gough clarifies, but an psychological journey for the mom/son pair.
“One of the worst activities,” Gough claims. “It’s up there with dropping his mom. I didn’t know if he was alive. I just really don’t want this to transpire to a further mother.”
Gough suggests her son shed his biological mother, who is also her sister, when he was 9 months aged. Gough adopted him when he was 14 months old.
“With the pandemic, for a little one who’s on the spectrum, that disruption was exceptionally tricky, as it was for all the youngsters,” Gough claims.
Her attorney claims there are other young ones possible in very similar situations.
“These kids will need our aid to make certain that what they’ve absent by does not carry on to outline them,” Gough claims. ”[The kids] are not lousy. Their situation isn’t even undesirable. It’s a scenario that can occur to any individual.”
Broadstep has not responded to a request for comment.
The Georgetown Metropolis Council voted Thursday to revoke Broadstep’s company license on the basis of it currently being a general public nuisance.
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