Group Home Attendant Charged In Resident’s Fire Death

An employee of a Hartford group home is under arrest in connection with the death of a resident at the home.    Prosecuto rs charged 59-year-old Faylene Wilson of Hartford with reckless endangerment for allegedly failing to adequately supervise the resident who died of smoke inhalation and fire-related injuries.

Prosecutors describe the 59-year-old man who died as emotionally disturbed.  He was a resident of Fernwood Manor,  a state licensed residential care facility for those with special needs,  including emotional disorders.  They say Wilson was the only staff member on duty overnight June 18th of last year, and was asleep when the resident set himself on fire in a backyard gazebo early June 19.

The arrest warrant says Wilson was responsible for supervising the residents and enforcing an 11 p.m. curfew,  but surveillance video showed six residents coming and going, unsupervised, from shortly after midnight.  It shows the resident who died in the fire going into the back yard shortly after 4 a.m.

She told police she was not aware of what happened until she was awakened after the fire by a Hartford police office responding to a 911 call.


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