Police Claims Teen 'Brought On' Her Own Restraint Death
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
March 13, 2003
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO--Monday night, 15-year-old Orlena Parker died after being restrained by seven staff members at the Devereux Cleo Wallace Center.
Police are waiting for results from an autopsy that was performed Tuesday, but Police Lt. Skip Arms said Wednesday there likely would not be criminal charges filed.
"Her behavior probably brought it on," Arms said of the Scottsdale, Arizona native who had been a resident at the center since August 2001. "She was acting aggressively and had a violent history. Earlier in the day, she threw a fire extinguisher at someone and then charged a staff member."
Police said six females and one male employee restrained Parker, who stood 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighed about 270 pounds.
"She was fighting and thrashing and when she stopped, they released her and realized she'd stopped breathing," Arms said.
According to the Associated Press, Wallace Center is a 118-bed facility that houses people with "psychiatric, emotional and behavioral problems, and developmental disabilities".
Four years ago, Colorado's health department found that restraints were being used more than necessary because employees were not correctly using programs and policies meant to cut down on the use of physical restraint.