Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Homicide at Denton State School

Denton, Texas (May 16) - The death on Friday (May 13) of a 53-year-old woman living at the Denton State School for adults with developmental disabilities has been ruled a homicide, according to the Associated Press. Janice Campbell died in a Fort Worth hospital of a closed head injury suffered on March 3 after being pushed by another resident and falling on the floor. According to a state official, the incident was an accident.

According to the Denton Record Chronicle, the incident will be investigated by the aging and disability department and the Texas Department of Family Protective Services, which would decide if a local law enforcement investigation is necessary.

The state is considering a major overhaul of the state school system after an investigation last year found hundreds of cases of abuse and neglect, including at Denton.