- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

PITTSBURGH (AP) - A group home where police said a teenager was beaten to death by two other residents has had its license revoked by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services and will be closing permanently by the end of the month.

A letter from the state agency March 31 to Circle C Youth and Family Services in Pittsburgh says the decision to revoke the license was based on several violations identified by department inspectors.

Those violations include child mistreatment, failure to report incidents, incomplete or inaccurate health and safety assessments. The department made five inspections at the Carrick home in January and March.

Two former residents are awaiting trial on charges they killed 16-year-old Nicholas Grant, who police said was hit with a vacuum cleaner and choked during an argument Jan. 10. He died three days later from a lack of oxygen to the brain, according to the county medical examiner.

Circle C was sued in March by the family of another teenager who claimed that officials were negligent in hiring an employee who was charged with grabbing the teenager by the head and tossing him down a flight of concrete steps.

Circle C had until April 10 to appeal the decision to revoke its license. The Circle C board voted May 6 to shut down the agency.

The Carrick home was one of four residential homes for minors that Circle C operates in Pittsburgh. It will still run one in Bellevue and two on the North Side.


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