Thursday, October 18, 2007

Care Center on Probation After Boy's Death

October 13th, 2007

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- State regulators have put a Draper youth facility on probation and cited operators for providing inadequate medical care to a 14-year-old California boy who died there in June.

Disciplinary action against Youth Care of Utah was part of a settlement reached between the facility and lawyers for the state Human Services Office of Licensing.

Youth Care was not fined and is free to accept new clients.

Brendan James Blum was found dead at the center on June 28.

An autopsy concluded he died after his bowel twisted and cut off the blood supply to his small intestine.

A police investigation found the boy had been vomiting and suffering from diarrhea, but that staff failed to contact an on-call nurse.

On Thursday, prosecutors charged two counselors from the residential facility with one count each of third-degree felony abuse or neglect of a child.

Youth Care officials say Blum complained only of flu-like symptoms.

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