The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil,
but because of those who look on and do nothing.

~~~ Albert Einstein

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Group Home Closes

Among the stories I have been trying to keep up to date on, is the murder of a local woman, by a juvenile sexual offender. I had previously mentioned that the group home where Christopher Tindall was living when he broke into the home of Joan Green and sexually assaulted her before killing the 72 year old woman, was under investigation for failure to document behavioral intervention plans for residents. The facility also had numerous other violations- added up they totaled 43 in all.

The latest news on the investigation comes by way of the court shutting the facility down, and transferring the remaining residents to other homes.

SOURCE Logan County judges closed a group home where a 16-year-old boy escaped in December and was later charged in the rape and murder of a 72-year-old woman.

State officials who inspected the home for troubled teens found 43 violations in January, including failure to document behavioral intervention plans for residents.

Former resident Christopher Tindall was arrested in December in the fatal beating of Joan Green, who lived two doors down from the home.

He has been charged as an adult with breaking and entering, aggravated burglary, aggravated murder, rape and abuse of a corpse.

Tindall was sent to the home, about 60 miles northwest of Columbus, after he was paroled in a 2003 case in which he entered the juvenile equivalent of a guilty plea to raping a girl.

The home was licensed to house six juveniles between the ages of 12 and 17. Four teenagers who were staying in the home have been transferred.

Family Court Judge C. Douglas Chamberlain said the program is being evaluated and may undergo some changes. It will likely be moved to a new location.

Moving this facility to a new location, perhaps and preferably somewhere distanced from other residences- is a welcoming idea, however it comes too late to save Joan Green.

There is nothing we can do now to change the horrific murder of Mrs. Green, but we can do what is necessary to change the laws to help prevent it from happening to someone else's mother. For a moment, imagine the possibility that the teenager living next to your mother is a dangerous offender- wouldn't you want to know?

For those new to the site, or who didn't see it last time it was posted, I am again posting the link to the petition regarding notification of juvenile offenders. Please take the time to sign the petition.

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