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Date: 7/25/2013
Time: 8:30 p.m.
 

Man with diminished mental capacity discovered deceased in vehicle

 
The Arlington Police Department is investigating the death of a man, believed to be in his late 20s or early 30s, who was found deceased in a small SUV by an employee of a group home where the young man lived. Officers were dispatched to a medical emergency call in the 6500 block of El Dorado Drive at about 3:15 p.m. today (Thursday, July 25, 2013). When officers arrived, they found the man deceased inside the hot vehicle. The name of the victim, who is believed to have the mental capacity of a young child, will be released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner once they have made official identification and next of kin have been notified.

The business at that location is a group home that cares for people with special needs.  Early into this investigation, it is believed that at about 9 a.m. today the people at this group home were driven in a Honda CRV to an off-site location for the day and the vehicle was then returned to the group home. For an unknown reason, the victim was not dropped off at the location and remained in the vehicle. When another employee got into the Honda CRV and prepared to pick up the group home residents at about 3 p.m., he saw the victim in the back of the vehicle. The victim was unresponsive. When first responders arrived, they determined that the young man was deceased.

Police detectives will conduct interviews this evening. They will also work with the Tarrant County Medical Examiner to determine the manner and cause of death, and whether criminal charges are appropriate.

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8/8/2013 Group home employee arrested in connection with man’s death
An employee, who had been responsible for the care of Terrence Sanders and two other people living in a residential group home, was recently arrested in connection with Mr. Sanders’ death. Debra King (DOB 12/9/1959) of Arlington turned herself into the Tarrant County Jail last night. She did a walk-thru with her attorney and was released in lieu of a $25,000 bail.  King is facing a felony charge of Injury to a Disabled Person – Recklessness/Serious Bodily Injury.
 



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