Man Accused in Death of Disabled Patient

Wednesday, Aug 3, 2011  |  Updated 1:33 PM EDT
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Man Accused in Death of Disabled Patient

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Authorities have arrested a supervisor at a Staten Island facility where a disabled man died last year of asphyxia while he was being restrained.

Erik Stanley, 37, is being charged with criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a physically disabled person.

Jawara Henry was a patient at a facility at South Beach Psychiatric Center in 2010, where Stanley was a developmental aide supervisor.

Staten Island District Attorney Dan Donovan's office said that an eight-month investigation found Stanley "did not follow protocol nor use proper techniques while trying to restrain Henry" on Dec. 4, 2010, when Henry became agitated and was biting staff and other patients.

The restraint caused Henry's death "by using excessive pressure" on his neck and torso, prosecutors said.

Stanley's attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

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