The Pennsylvania Welfare Department has closed a residence hall at a Bucks County agency where a severely autistic man died after being left in a hot van.
It happened during record heat at Woods Services, a Middletown agency that provides housing and various services for the disabled. Bryan Nevins, who was 20 years old but had the mental capability of a two-year-old, died from the heat on Saturday, July 24, following a field trip to Sesame Place. The Welfare Department closed Building 13, where he lived, citing gross incompetence, negligence or misconduct for multiple violations of rules, including one that requires caregivers to check on clients at least once an hour. It has also closed admissions in 36 other licensed programs at Woods, pending the conclusion of its investigation. The agency says it will appeal the actions. 40-year-old counselor Stacey Strauss of Philadelphia was charged earlier this week with involuntary manslaughter and criminal neglect in the death. She was suspended from her job last week after working at Woods Services for eight years.