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Group homeworker facing charges after Man with Down syndrome died in a hot van



A group homeworker is accused of dying a man with Down syndrome in a hot van. WFTS reports that Joshua Russell's 35-year-old John Lapointe drove back to the group with Crossroads of Pinellas in Florida incident occurred in May. 26-year-old Russell stopped at his home on the way back from Lapointes. According to authorities, he left Lapointe back in the van. While Russell was in his house, he felt more "awake," as he later told the authorities. Then he drove back to the house of the group. WTSP reports Russell felt tired and sick while driving. He parked the van, parked it and took a nap. Russell woke up sweating and noticed that Lapointe was not breathing, according to WFTS. He tried CPR, but was unsuccessful. Russell called his mother and told her he was going to kill himself. He was armed and said he was upset after realizing what had happened. His mother told him not to kill himself. She called the police. The first responders arrived and declared Lapointe dead. The police said the van was 1

25 degrees inside at the time Lapointes died. "Remember, Mr. Lapointes is 35 years old, but he is nonverbal and can not take care of himself and has the cognitive abilities of a 1 year old.When he was sitting there and this van got extremely hot, there was nothing he did Sheriff Bob Gualtieri told Bay News 9. "He could not try to wake Russell up, he could not do anything to help himself." The police were able to track down Russell, who had left the area, and place him in Take custody. He is charged with serious homicide by a disabled adult. Crossroads of Pinellas did not respond to the WFTS request for comment.

A group homeworker is accused of dying a man with Down syndrome in a hot van In Florida, 35-year-old John Lapointe drove back to the house the group.

The incident occurred in May. 26-year-old Russell stopped at his home on the way back from Lapointes. According to authorities, he left Lapointe back in the van.

While Russell was in his house, he felt more "awake," he later told the authorities.

Then he drove back to the house of the group.

WTSP Reports Russell felt tired and sick while driving. He parked the van, parked it and took a nap.

Russell woke up sweating and noticed that Lapointe was not breathing, according to WFTS. He tried CPR, but was unsuccessful.

Russell called his mother and told her he was going to kill himself. He was armed and said he was upset after realizing what had happened.

His mother told him not to kill himself. She called the police.

First responders arrived and declared Lapointe dead. The police said the van had been 125 degrees inside at the time Lapointes died-when he was sitting there and that van was getting extremely hot, there was nothing he could do "Sheriff Bob Gualtieri said to Bay News 9." He could not try to wake Russell. He could not do anything to help himself.

Police were able to locate Russell who had left the area and take him into custody.

He is being charged with the serious manslaughter of a disabled adult.

Crossroads of Pinellas did not do so when the WFTS commented answer.


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