Autistic woman dies at the hands of caregivers

Posted on Jun 26, 2014

An autistic woman who received care from the Pee Dee Center in Florence, died several days after being restrained by workers. She died from compressional asphyxia back in December of 2013.

SLED is investigating the incident as a homicide and the family of the deceased is filing a wrongful death suit against the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.

It is believed that while restraining the young woman, someone sat on or applied heavy pressure to her chest cutting off her air supply. She passed away five days later at McLeod Regional Medical Center.