Jonathan M. Carey
September 12, 1993 - February 15, 2007
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Jonathan Carey was a handsome, 13 year old boy who had Autism. No parent should have to bury their child and no parent should have to know that their child was not treated properly by those who are paid to care for them. Unfortunately, the world is not the place it should be and some people abuse the privileged they have been given to care for those who need them. Jonathan was at the mercy of people who believed they had a right to do whatever they wanted to him. You see, Jonathan was mentally handicapped and he was unable to speak.

Jonathan lived at the O.D. Heck Development Center, which is a home that is run by the State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities and one day he and another child were taken out to go shopping at the mall. What should have been a fun day for Jonathan, turned out to be the most horrible experience of his life. Two staff members, 35 year old Edwin Tirado and 32 year old Nadeem Mall, took the two boys on their shopping trip.

Before reaching the mall, Nadeem stopped at an ATM and when he returned to the van they were traveling in, he noticed that Edwin had restrained Jonathan, though not in a legal way. Jonathan had apparently freed himself from the seat belt and wasn't behaving the way Edwin thought he should. Instead of sitting him back down and fastening the belt again, Edwin restrained Jonathan and even sat on him for over 20 minutes while he gasped for air. Neither of the two men thought it was necessary to help Jonathan in any way.

The trip to the mall was not over yet and the two men stopped at a gas station to get something to drink, they bought a video game and then took the game to Edwin's home and then went back to O.D. Heck. When they returned, they finally decided to get some help for Jonathan and at 8:52 p.m., 911 was called, that was about two hours after they had left for the mall. It would be too late for Jonathan, he was transported to St. Claire's Hospital in Schenectady and there, he was pronounced dead. An autopsy was performed though Police said the results were not immediately available.

Michael and Lisa Carey were asking for immediate changes to be made to the states system of institutionalized homes and schools. Michael and Lisa submitted a written statement saying that the state failed to protect their son by not investigating abuse they said happened at a facility for autistic children in 2004:

"Now we must contend with our grief over the loss of our son and the surreal
experience of having to bury Jonathan, all because of a broken and failing system"
Michael and Lisa Carey

A news conference was held in which  Senate Majority Leader Joseph L. Bruno said he was going to work with his colleagues to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

Edwin Tirado and Nadeem Mall were charged with manslaughter and taken to Albany County jail where they were held without bond.

Deborah Sturm Rausch, a spokeswoman for OMRDD said that she was not allowed to comment on any specifics as far as the training of employees or the case against the two men. She did say that people who provide care for clients are referred to as developmental aids and that Civil Service does not list any educational requirements for the job and only minimal qualifications are required which include reading and writing skills and knowledge of the English language.

Deborah Rausch added that during training that lasts about a year, criminal background checks and fingerprinting are done:

"OMRDD Requires developmental aides to receive intensive training to assure
the safety and welfare of the people entrusted into their care. They are trained
to prevent the use of physical intervention with people during behavioral episodes
and are educated on developmental disabilities, client protection, abuse prevention,
managing behaviors, first aid and CPR"

Edwin and Nadeem were set to go to their court appearance on the same day that Jonathan would be buried. Michael and Lisa said that Jonathan was a child who loved horses and stated:

"He speaks flowing words now with praise to Jesus whom he loved"

It is their hope that Jonathan's story will help to make changes in legislation regarding State institutions. A bill was introduced by Senator Stephen Saland giving parents access to records of their children who are residing in Stare run facilities. Michael and Lisa have tried many times to get Jonathan's records and have been blocked by privacy laws. Funny thing, that's THEIR child, nothing should be private about him or the way he was treated.

In May of 2007, Governor Eliot Spitzer signed Jonathan's Law in to affect. Jonathan's law will allow parents and legal guardians access to the records of children in State run facilities and also put into action a telephone conversation to take place within 24 hours of any accidents, incidents or ill treatment of a child.

In May of 2012, Edwin Tirado was denied parole. Michael said:

"Justice was served. As Jonathan's state caregiver, Tirado was supposed
to protect and care for my precious son, not brutally kill him. Tirado already
escaped with a light sentence of five to 15 years for killing Jonathan, who
was an innocent child and extremely vulnerable because of his disabilities
Jonathan is tremendously missed every day. All that he needlessly suffered
in the three short years living in residential care will help hundreds of
thousands of other people with disabilities"


Jonathan Michael Carey, 13, Our Beloved Son, died on February 15, 2007, and has gone to be with his Savior Jesus and is now safe in His loving arms.

Jonathan was born on September 12, 1993 and has brought love and joy to his family. Even though he couldn't speak with many words, except "Daddy," his smile would light up a room and could speak a million words. He was very loving and affectionate. He was a precious gift from the Lord and he will be deeply missed by his family and friends. One of Jonathan's greatest joys was riding horses and he loved being with horses.

Jonathan is survived by his parents, Michael and Lisa Carey, and his younger brother, Joshua. He is also survived by his paternal grandparents, Joseph and Mary Carey of Glenmont; and his maternal grandfather, Bill Krug of Colonie. Jonathan is also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins, both paternal and maternal.

Calling hours will be Tuesday, February 20 at Delmar Full Gospel Church at 282 Elsmere Avenue in Delmar, N.Y. from 5-8 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 21 at 10 a.m. at Delmar Full Gospel Church. Reception following at the church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Jonathan's memory to Hearts of the Father Outreach, to help feed and save orphaned, abandoned and abused children at Hearts of the Father Outreach, P.O. Box 491, Sheffield, MA 01257.

Death Occurred in the state of New York
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