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New Life Is Good For Edgar Vannoy
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
June 18, 2003

AKRON, OHIO--In the last two months, Edgar Vannoy has gained more than 30 pounds.

That's a good thing, because when Vannoy was taken from his mother's home in early April, the 25-year-old man weighed just 92 pounds.

Most of the sores on his body have also cleared up. Vannoy is talking more and using a 50-plus word sign language vocabulary to let people at his new home and day program know what he wants.

"His physical and mental conditions have shown significant improvement," said Kevin McGee, spokesperson for the Summit County Board of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities. "I've heard he hasn't met a food that he doesn't like."

Vannoy has been living with a new foster family since officials found him locked in a bedroom, laying on a urine-stained mattress, surrounded by trash.

A house guest had contacted authorities about Vannoy's condition.

Vannoy's mother, Justine Davis, and stepfather, William T. Davis, are charged with felonious assault and failing to provide for a functionally-impaired person. They are scheduled to begin trial August 26.

Related articles:
"MRDD's foster care gives man new life" (Beacon Journal)

"House guest rescues man from squalor" (April 18, 2003 Beacon Journal)


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