Family Seeks Justice: Autistic Man’s Last Moments Caught on Video, Prompting Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Tragedy Unfolds at Miami Group Home

A shocking incident at the Family Tree Concept Inc. group home in Miami has come to light, revealing the tragic death of 36-year-old Edward Ware during a disturbing struggle with three group home workers. The horrifying incident, captured on video, has led to manslaughter charges against Katherine Hair, 34, Terrence Nelson, 24, and Derrick Coley, 21.

The Disturbing Video: Autistic Man Wrestled to Death

In December 2021, Edward Ware lost his life after being wrestled to the ground by the group home workers for a harrowing four minutes.

The shocking footage shows Katherine Hair and her colleagues restraining Ware after he expressed a desire to leave the facility. The struggle escalated, resulting in Ware becoming unresponsive and eventually ceasing to breathe.

Legal Action: Family Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Edward Ware’s father, Edward Taylor, revealed in a press conference that the family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Care Assist Home Care Inc., the company responsible for hiring the three workers.

The suit alleges that the employees improperly restrained Ware, causing his tragic death. The legal action also highlights the unqualified nature of the workers and points out that Hair had a criminal history, despite supposed screening by Care Assist Home Care Inc.

Criminal Charges and Lack of Training

Manslaughter charges have been brought against Katherine Hair, Terrence Nelson, and Derrick Coley. Disturbing details emerge from the video, showing Hair grabbing Ware and engaging in a four-minute struggle that led to his lifeless state.

Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle expressed concern over the lack of training evident in the staff’s actions, emphasizing their inadequate knowledge in dealing with mental health issues and restraining individuals without causing harm.

Impact and Reform: Creation of the Elder and Vulnerable Abuse Work Group

The tragic case of Edward Ware has had wider implications, inspiring the creation of the Elder and Vulnerable Abuse Work Group in Miami.

This incident sheds light on the need for better training and oversight in group homes, prompting both legal action and systemic changes to prevent such heartbreaking incidents in the future.

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