- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

TAMMS, Ill. (AP) - A southern Illinois group home for people with disabilities is closing after the stabbing of two residents led to a $12,500 fine by a state licensing agency.

A review of Illinois Department of Public Health records by the (Carbondale) Southern Illinoisan (bit.ly/1QNUcGF ) showed that the owners of the 26-bed H&S; Care Center in Tamms agreed in late May to shut down. A department spokeswoman said that will happen by the end of June.

The state review followed the repeated stabbing of two residents on April 21. Forty-one-year-old resident Jule Woods was arrested on two felony charges each of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and aggravated battery causing great bodily harm.

A 56-year-old man who has since been relocated to a long-term rehabilitation center was stabbed at least eight times, including wounds to his forehead and chest. A female resident who was stabbed but suffered less serious injuries, whose age couldn’t be determined, told state investigators she would wake up “every night” to find Woods sitting on her bed.

An aide reported to investigators that Woods had previously twice hit residents in the face, once with a flashlight.

Tweedy Inc., the Jonesboro company that owns the facility that is also known as a shelter care facility has until Friday to request a hearing to appeal the state’s decision. Owner Ricky Tweedy declined to discuss the state review with the newspaper, and a woman who answered the phone at the home Tuesday hung up twice on The Associated Press.

The state violations include improperly allowing residents with a serious mental illness or emotional issues to live in the home. State records said the stabbing suspect had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and other forms of mental illness and repeatedly hospitalized for psychiatric care.

Public health department spokeswoman Melaney Arnold said that the facility’s previous violations include inappropriately contacting local law enforcement, violating medical care policies and abuse and neglect. Residents of the secluded Alexander County town had previously reported witnessing residents having sex on the lawn, the newspaper reported.


Information from: Southern Illinoisan, https://www.southernillinoisan.com

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