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Police have suspects in West Carrollton group home death investigation

Published: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 10:56 AM
Updated: Wednesday, March 07, 2018 @ 4:05 PM

2 caregivers have been removed from a group home following the death.

UPDATE @ 3:33 p.m.:

West Carrollton police say they have suspects identified in connection to a death investigation at a West Carrollton group home on Redbluff Drive, but no arrests have been made as an investigation is ongoing.

West Carrollton police say they have suspects identified in connection to a death investigation at a West Carrollton group home on Redbluff Drive. Staff photo

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Two caregivers are no longer employed at a group home, where West Carrollton police are investigating the death of a man who lived there, a spokeswoman said.

Jerrold Duskey, 65, of West Carrollton, died around 11:15 p.m. March 5 at Kettering Medical Center, according to the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office. 

The cause and manner of Duskey’s death were listed as pending, the coroner’s office said.

Police said they have an active investigation at Duskey’s Redbluff Drive residence involving an incident Feb. 14, however have not confirmed if Duskey’s death is connected to that incident. Investigators expect to release additional information at a later time.

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A residential manager at the group home reported to police possible physical abuse involving one of its residents on Feb. 14.

“We have reason to believe a resident has been abused,” the manager told 911 operators, adding that it’s not known how the resident sustained the reported injuries.

ResCare, Inc. manages the group home on Redbluff. A spokeswoman for the organization said two caregivers, who were working at the time the incident occurred, have been removed from employment.

“We continue to work closely and in cooperation with law enforcement and with external investigators. After conducting our own internal investigation, following our policy and protocol, we separated two caregivers from employment who were working during the time the incident occurred,” said Kristen Trenaman, spokeswoman for ResCare.

ResCare Residential Services provides support to adults and children who need assistance with daily living due to a developmental, cognitive or intellectual disability. Programs offered include a range of services, including: community living, behavioral health support, in-home pharmacy solutions, TeleCare and supported employment, said Trenaman.

Trenaman said, “We are heartbroken to learn that one of the individuals we supported passed away while hospitalized.”

The injuries that led to Duskey’s death were sustained at his residence on Redbluff, the coroner’s office said.