From New York Times: (click for full article)
Employees at a residential treatment center for the developmentally disabled in Albany restricted a man to a small mat on the floor, intentionally starved him, and beat him with blue painted sticks they called magic wands.
At an adult home in Brooklyn, a disabled man nearly choked to death on a corncob after being left in the care of a teenager. He lost nearly 50 pounds when employees did not manage his diet.
These are the claims of parents of people with disabilities who filed lawsuits this month against staff members at those facilities for injuries they say resulted from abuse and neglect. Their lawsuits, filed separately in Federal District Court in Albany and Federal District Court in Brooklyn, and seeking unspecified monetary damages, claim that the abuse continued even after repeated complaints.