***You will find this deceased Nexus client on several websites such as Children in Treatment, Mental Health Abuse: DESTROYING LIVES, The Assault on Children, and the Coalition Against Institutionalized Child Abuse. In articles such as: The Silent Death of America's Children. Listed in Victims from Fornitswikicopy. Other bloggers besides me have written about Tanner. Or if you don't trust the words of bloggers such as myself, you can read what the Iowa Attorney General has to say about the death of this child at the Nexus facility. Tanner Wilson is all over the Internet. His story has been used as an example at the Mental Health Council of AUSTRALIA! Its even being sold in a publication on EBAY . Everyone's allowed to talk about the death of this boy except Hannabelle. Nexus doesn't grant me Freedom of Speech.
(But then, believe it or not, Nexus is not the boss of me....)
***Wanda K. Mohr Ph.D, RN, Faan included the death of 11 year old Tanner Wilson in a presentation she made on behalf of The Advocates Coalition For The Appropriate Use Of Restraints to The Centers For Medicare And Medicaid Services. She said:
***"According to the well-known forensic pathologist, Ronald O'Halloren, Tanner died unnecessarily as a result of asphyxia secondary to intense pressure on his chest during a restraint. According to witnesses, Tanner cried repeatedly "Help me, I can't breathe" as he struggled. No one paid attention."
***There are two differing conclusions about Tanner's death. The first one was that he died as a result of asphyxia (that means smothered to death, Bill.) That conclusion was conveniently changed to that he died from a heart attack, (as if that were somehow a natural cause?) Someone just happened to be sitting on him at the time...
"What's the relevance?" asked Bob Mickus, the new, unelected mayor of Onamia when I informed the uninformed city council of this particular skeleton in Nexus' closet. At the time, I felt it was extremely relevant in the fight to keep a Nexus institution out of our neighborhood. After all, Nexus sold the Gerard of Iowa facility after their employee killed a child and we had already discovered the charge of "child abuse" by a Mille Lacs Academy employee on the sheriff's reports. The point being: If an MLA employee kills a client here, will Nexus also sell this institution? And if so, to whom?
The second point I tried to make to the city council is that they had not researched the company that they were about to extend 15 years tax abatement (the maximum allowed). You know.... YOU pay taxes so Nexus doesn't have to. One wonders just how many lawsuits Nexus uses your tax dollars to 1. defend cases such as Tanner Wilson or 2. to SLAPP folks like me around.
Nexus is suing me because I reported what so many others reported. An 11 year old boy was killed by a Nexus employee at their Gerard of Iowa facility. To my knowledge, I am the ONLY person to be sued over Tanner Wilson.
I'm sure that Nexus sued me to shut me up. But you know me...
I always have plenty more to say. Below is one of my sources, printed out so that you don't have to do the Googling yourself.
Parents Sue Facility And Staff For Boy's Restraint Death By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily ExpressAugust 16, 2001
*MASON CITY, IOWA--On Tanner Wilson's first day at Gerard of Iowa care center two years ago, staff member Lori Ingham tried to "take him to the ground". During the attempt to restrain him, Ingham succeeded in breaking the boy's leg.
On February 9 of this year, a year and a half after being admitted to the mental health facility, Wilson died while being restrained in a "routine physical holding".
He was 11 years old.
Officials have ruled the cause of death as asphyxiation -- he suffocated to death -- and are considering it a homicide.
One of the employees allegedly involved in restraining Wilson when he died was none other than Lori Ingham. She now faces a charge of child endangerment in connection with the death.
This Tuesday, Tanner's parents, Robert and Karen Wilson, filed a lawsuit against Ingham and fellow employee Jeremy Witt, along with Gerard Treatment Programs and an affiliate known as Nexus Inc..
According to the Des Moines Register, the suit claims Ingham and Witt "used unreasonable and unnecessary force in restraining and eventually killing" the boy. It also charges Gerard, which was being paid $9,000 a month to care for Wilson, with failing to properly train and supervise its employees.
The Wilsons are asking for unspecified compensatory and punitive damages. They say they do not want other parents to go through what they have gone through.