CLEVELAND - EDITOR'S NOTE: This updated report reflects clarification of factual statements regarding Daryl Scott Burton.
This NewsChannel5 six-month investigation of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities resulted in a legislator pushing for reform.
Follow the links below to read our series, find out more about the investigation and see the evidence for yourself.
To put vital information into your hands, we've created an easily searchable database of service providers who have been placed on the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities abuser registry. Click here to search by name, offense, or by whether their cases involved criminal charges or arbitration.
Caring Hands Inspection Documents: Caring Hands of Stark County was among the compliance reviews of agencies we found who failed to check criminal backgrounds.
Daryl Burton Abuse Finding: Burton was an employee of Caring Hands who was working as a transportation aide and initially charged with raping a 42-year-old woman with a disability. The charge was later reduced to patient endangerment and Mr. Burton pleaded guilty. He was not driving the bus the day of the incident and the alleged assault took place in a fast food parking lot--not a deserted lot. But our investigation found Burton had 1993 theft conviction in Ohio as well as an extensive criminal history in Michigan including drugs, assault and fleeing police - before he was hired by Caring Hands.
Shelby's Guardian Angels in Stark County was found by state investigators to have a "serious pattern of non-compliance" over two years before its certification was revoked.
- Shelby's Guardian Angels Compliance Hearing Document
- Shelby's Guardian Angels Compliance Report: 2010
- Shelby's Guardian Angel's Compliance Report: 2011
- Shelby's Guardian Angels notification that their certification was under review for revocation
- Shelby's Guardian Angels official revocation of certification
Evant's certification was pulled in March of 2012. Read Evant's compliance reports.