GREENWOOD, Ind. (October 20, 2015) – A Greenwood man faces several charges for neglect after he left three adults with severe mental disabilities alone in a van while he shopped in the Greenwood Park Mall.
Police responded to the mall’s parking lot Friday evening in response to a call by mall security.
A woman at the mall flagged security down who then contacted police about three adults alone in a van. She said she parked her car next to the van around 6 p.m. and noticed the three people inside of it. She said when she returned, she noticed the three people were still inside the van.
According to court documents, the people in the van had severely mental disabilities, they had very limited mobility, and for the most part they were non-verbal.
Two of the people in the van were in wheelchairs, and according to court documents, it appeared they had cerebral palsy.
“The subjects were locked inside and when I shined my light inside, one made a loud moaning sound,” a Greenwood Officer wrote in his report.
Christopher McCoy returned to the van around 8 p.m. carrying several shopping bags and wearing new Nike shoes.
Court documents show that McCoy admitted he had been in the mall for two hours.
McCoy told officers he worked for a company called ResCare and he was supposed to be taking care of the three people in the van.
An Adult Protection Services officer was called to the scene and discovered two of the three adults in the van had wet diapers.
“He didn’t treat these men like people, he treated them like baggage,” said Greenwood Police Assistant Chief Matt Fillenwarth. “That’s one of the the things to this day in this job still shocks me, is how cruel people can be to other people, or how self centered they can be that they would treat another human being like an object.”
Police asked McCoy what should happen to a person who does something like this, and McCoy responded they should receive penalties and go to jail.
McCoy was arrested and he faces three preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent.
Louisville-based company ResCare released this statement Tuesday:
We are grateful to the police for their quick action and that the individuals in van are doing well. The employee has been suspended during the investigation and we are cooperating fully with the police. ResCare has provided services to people with disabilities for more than 40 years. Actions like these are not and will not be tolerated by us. We are dedicated to providing excellent care to the people we serve.