Charges filed in death of disabled man

    The Bucks County District attorney has filed criminal charges in the death of a disabled man who was left for several hours in a hot van on July 24th.

    The Bucks County District attorney has filed criminal charges in the death of a disabled man who was left for several hours in a hot van on July 24th.

    20-year-old Bryan Nevins was a resident with severe autism at Woods Services, a Langhorne facility for people with intellectual disabilities. Suspended counselor Stacey Strauss has been charged with neglect of a Care-Dependant Person, Involuntary Manslaughter, and Recklessly Endangering Another Person. Nevins died after having been left in a hot van following a day trip with other residents.

    Bucks County District Attorney, David W. Heckler called Nevins’ death a “needless tragedy” adding that Strauss neglected her responsibilities to care for the young man:

    Heckler:
    He was on her watch when he was left in the van, she has in addition given conflicting statements about the events of that day to investigators

    Heckler says no other Woods Services employees are responsible for Nevins’ death.

    If convicted, Strauss faces up to 20 years in prison. Strauss’ attorney could not immediately be reached for comment.

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