Adult disability care company shut down, owner arrested

GREENWOOD, Ind. – An Indianapolis-based company that provides care for disabled adults in Marion and Johnson counties was shut down Tuesday after the company’s owner was arrested.

Officials with Johnson County Adult Protective Services, the Indiana Bureau of Quality Improvement Services and Indiana Bureau of Developmental Disability Services visited the Greenwood Safe Journey location on Lowes Boulevard Tuesday morning. Clients were informed that Safe Journey was being shut down and a new company, ResCare, would be taking over their services.

(Left to Right) Carmele Journey-Starks, Danielle Moore, Amelia Hagdorn, Sharita Bell, Sara Clancy

“This particular location and this company has been under some scrutiny for a while,” said Johnson County Adult Protective Services Investigator Jerry Kiefer. “Because the people they serve have special needs, you want to tread gently and be as efficient as possible.”

The closing of Safe Journey comes after the company’s owner, Amelia Hagedorn, was arrested in Indianapolis. She and three employees, Sharita Bell, Danielle Moore and Carmele Journey-Starks, have been charged with battery resulting in bodily injury to a disabled person, and criminal confinement. A fourth employee, Sara Clancy, has been charged with failure to report victimization.

The Marion County Prosecutor’s Office says the charges stem from an assault that allegedly occurred in July at a group home managed by Safe Journey in the 7400 block of Madison Avenue.

According to the probable cause affidavit, after a disturbance between Hagedorn and the victim, Hagedorn is believed to have retaliated while Bell, Moore and Journey-Starks confined the victim to the ground.

In a video of the alleged incident, Safe Journey staff can be seen sitting on the victim while appearing to strike her multiple times in the head and face while other employees forcibly restrain the victim. Clancy is believed to have been present and witnessed the alleged incident but did not report it to law enforcement or state authorities.

As further alleged in the probable cause affidavit, photos of the victim taken after the incident showed bruising on the victim’s shoulder, face, neck and chest.

Hagedorn, Bell and Clancy were arrested Tuesday morning. Warrants have been issued for the arrest of Journey-Starks and Moore.