NewsChannel5 Investigates: Neglect and abuse of Ohio's disabled slips under the radar

CLEVELAND - EDITOR'S NOTE: This updated report reflects clarification of factual statements regarding Daryl Scott Burton.

This NewsChannel5 six-month investigation of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities resulted in a legislator pushing for reform.

Follow the links below to read our series, find out more about the investigation and see the evidence for yourself.

The series

PART I: Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities often fails to act, leaving disabled at risk

PART II: Hundreds of Ohio service providers for disabled repeatedly ignore health, safety regulations

PART III: Sexual abuse, neglect triggers increased scrutiny of service providers for Ohio's disabled

Behind the scenes: Exclusive 5 On Your Side investigation spends 6 months probing abuse records

The Evidence


Abuser Registry

To put vital information into your hands, we've created an easily searchable database of service providers who have been placed on the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities abuser registry. Click here to search by name, offense, or by whether their cases involved criminal charges or arbitration.

Caring Hands

Caring Hands Inspection Documents: Caring Hands of Stark County was among the compliance reviews of agencies we found who failed to check criminal backgrounds.

Daryl Burton Abuse Finding: Burton was an employee of Caring Hands who was working as a transportation aide and initially charged with raping a 42-year-old woman with a disability. The charge was later reduced to patient endangerment and Mr. Burton pleaded guilty.  He was not driving the bus the day of the incident and the alleged assault took place in a fast food parking lot--not a deserted lot.  But our investigation found Burton had 1993 theft conviction in Ohio as well as an extensive criminal history in Michigan including drugs, assault and fleeing police - before he was hired by Caring Hands.

Shelby's Guardian Angels

Shelby's Guardian Angels in Stark County was found by state investigators to have a "serious pattern of non-compliance" over two years before its certification was revoked.

Evant, Inc.

Evant's certification was pulled in March of 2012. Read Evant's compliance reports.

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