DELMAR: One family's fight

"I was shocked at the amount of bruises," said Michael.

The Careys obtained student injury/illness reports from the school for the week of Oct. 7, 2004, which pointed to a number of bruises and abrasions on Jonathan's body. The bruises, reported as new and old, are noted to appear on Jonathan's legs, back, face and arms. One of the notes on the report read: "Advised staff of need to monitor pressure applied during restraint."

This note stood out to the Careys.

"Obviously there was a question on how they restrained our son," said Lisa.

While speaking with staff, Lisa said, one individual told her that Jonathan was flailing himself against the door to get out of the room.

Two injury reports, dated Oct. 7 and 9, list the injuries as self-inflicted and received while flopping to the floor and bumping into objects.

According to the parents, things were only going to get worse.

"We didn't find out until a week and a half later that they were not feeding him when he had his shirt off," said Lisa.

During an Oct. 18, 2004, visit, Michael and Lisa said a staff member insisted they take a clothing bag home with them " something they had never been asked to do in the past.

When the Careys returned home, they said they found a journal inside the bag containing daily updates from staff members who cared for their son.

It was then, the Careys said, "We realized what they were doing."

A Sept. 23 entry in the journal the Careys said came from the school describes Jonathan's behavior as "defiant and aggressive most of the day."

One handwritten excerpt reads: "He refused lunch (refused to put his clothes on). All he had to do was put his shirt on to eat. As of 2 p.m. he had not eaten lunch, nor had he eaten breakfast."

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