A home care worker in Missouri is facing charges of first-degree involuntary manslaughter in the death of a disabled adult in his care. The victim, Milan Thompson, 22, was reported to have been left for an unknown length of time in a hot vehicle while his caregiver, Tyrone B. Scott, Jr. ran errands.
It is unclear why Mr. Scott left Milan Thompson in the car on such a hot day but according to authorities, Tyrone Scott was answering questions and giving a clear understanding of the situation that happened on that day, June 5.
Charges were filed on Monday, July 1 and Mr. Scott was being held on a surety bond. As reported by KFVS12 CBS News in its blog, In-home health care worker facing charges after Sikeston man’s death, written by Amber Ruch:
“Officers were told the worker did take Thompson with him to a doctor’s appointment out of state.
The Scott County coroner arranged for an autopsy on Thompson. Investigators say they are waiting for the results to be released.
According to Sikeston DPS, the health worker, Tyrone Scott, cooperated with detectives and gave a statement on what took place that day. Police said they were also in touch with authorities in Cairo, Ill.
Charges were filed on Monday, July 1 against Scott. Officers say the family of the victim notified them of Scott’s location. He was arrested at 12:45 p.m. on Monday is currently being held on a $100,000 cash or surety bond.”
It is believed that Mr. Thompson may have become overheated and suffered heatstroke, but an autopsy was still pending at the time of the writing of this article. According to reports, Tyrone Scott was taking Milan Thompson out of state to a doctor’s appointment on the day of the incident. It hasn’t been made public what other stops were made along the way or how long Mr. Thompson may have been in the hot car or why he was left behind.
Home care aides have a great responsibility to look after the welfare and well-being of their clients. During the summer months, vehicles can become extremely hot in a short amount of time. A disabled adult who may not have the mental capacity or physical ability to understand the dangers or to get out without assistance can be as vulnerable as infants and animals.
It’s a tragic reminder of how dangerous a hot car can become, not just for young children and the elderly as well as animals, but those who may not possess the ability to effectively look after themselves.
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