I read the article “Justice for Brother David” (TNT, 10-24) with great interest. I am thankful to the Tacoma News Tribune for bringing this unfortunate story to the public’s attention. Death is always something difficult and painful to accept, but how much more so a death that seems to have been completely avoidable.
It seems clear that negligence was the probable cause of David’s premature death. David was a vulnerable adult who completely relied on his caregivers to care for all of his basic needs, and he was not given the complete care that he deserved.
Many basic questions still remain unanswered. And as such, it only seems logical and fair for the prosecutor’s office to properly finalize and determine the answers to these questions.
Responsibility needs to be taken for the fact that “Laboratory tests found unusually high levels of paroxetine – more than 16 times normal levels – in Vernon’s blood at the time of his death”, and that David was allowed to be in a such a hot room when hyperthermia was a clearly stated in his plan of care, which contained the known risk and adverse side effects for persons on the medication that David was taking at that time.
I fully support a complete investigation into this matter, so that the vulnerable members of our society receive proper care and equal justice, and most importantly, to prevent an incident as unfortunate as this one from happening again in the future.