Agency: No evidence of Woods Services abuse

LANGHORNE, Pa. - September 21, 2010

The parents of 19-year-old Giovannie Alejandro told Action News back in August that they believed the cuts, bruises and fractures he suffered were the result of physical abuse by a staff member at Woods Services in Langhorne, Pa.

The family says they rushed Giovannie to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children earlier this summer after he arrived from the agency for a weekend visit and had an injury to his ear. The doctor determined the injury was the result of an aggravated assault.

However, the state Department of Public Welfare said this week that their conclusions, based on interviews with staff, medical professionals and the Giovannie himself, found no evidence of abuse. Furthermore, a spokesman said there would be no report filed because no evidence of abuse was found.

His parents previously told Action News that, when they asked Giovannie who had hurt him, he responded with a staff member's name.

Woods Services was previously in the news after the July 24 heat-related death of Bryan Nevins, 20, who had severe autism and had been left inside a minivan for more than five hours. His caretaker that day, Stacey Strauss, of Philadelphia, has been charged with felony neglect and involuntary manslaughter.

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