Investigators document abuse at Pueblo center for disabled

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PUEBLO (AP)-- A federal report has uncovered several abuses at a Pueblo center for people with severe intellectual disabilities.

The Denver Post reports that federal investigators found one resident performed a sexual act in exchange for a soda and another was burned with a blow dryer to raise her body temperature. Several other residents had words scratched into their skin, which staffers said were the result of "paranormal activity."

The alleged abuse at the Pueblo Regional Center occurred before November 2015.

But as recently as April, federal investigators found safety protocols still lacking and "serious incidents" still occurring.

Federal investigators have asked the state to repay millions of dollars in Medicaid funding that supported the center.

But state officials say they've been monitoring the center and that staff has been retrained.



 
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