FULTON, Missouri — The sadistic staff of a care home forced a developmentally disabled resident to spar with other residents and then left him to die when he began having seizures following one brutal brawl, a bombshell lawsuit alleges.
Carl DeBrodie’s body was found entombed in a block of concrete in a Missouri storage locker, months after he had died at the home of one of Second Chance Homes’ employees, the Fulton Sun reported.
In a civil lawsuit, DeBrodie’s family alleges that he had regularly been forced to engage in a kind of fight club with other Second Chance residents, solely for the amusement of staff members.
During the course of many beatings, the suit said DeBrodie suffered multiple broken ribs and routinely had black eyes and other facial swelling.
Sometime between Oct. 25 and Nov. 24 in 2016, the suit alleges employee Sherry Paulo, took DeBrodie and another resident to her home to perform unpaid manual labor and to fight each other.
While there, DeBrodie, 31, went into a seizure. But instead of calling for help, the suit alleges that Paulo and her husband, Anthony Flores. Sr. placed him in a tub under a running shower, failing to perform CPR even though he was convulsing and had blood coming from his mouth.
“Carl remained in the bathtub for two or three days until he was ultimately placed into the city of Fulton trash can, encased in concrete and placed into a storage unit,” the suit said.
DeBrodie was declared missing until the following April, when employees at Second Chance told authorities that he may have wandered off. His body was found days later.
No one has yet been charged criminally in the case. The civil suit names 18 defendants in all, including state social workers for allegedly failing to monitor his case well enough.