Hamptons Group Home Workers Allegedly Ran ‘Developmentally Disabled Fight Club’ (+video)

Photo Credit: Modern RelicsFour workers at a group home allegedly encouraged a person with developmental disabilities to attack another disabled person on Long Island, prosecutors said.

As CBS 2’s Carolyn Gusoff reported, prosecutors called it a disturbing abuse of their position for group home workers who were supposed to be taking care of disabled residents instead of taking advantage of them.

Erin McHenry of Brookhaven, Justin McDonald of Lindenhurst, Stephen Komara of East Moriches and Rosemary Vanni of Eastport face felony charges of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, prosecutors said.

“These defendants encouraged two developmentally disabled adults to participate in, what I said on record, is a developmentally disabled fight club,” said special prosecutor Jacqueline Kagan, of the New York State Justice Center for Protection of People with Special Needs.

Kagan said one group home worker shot cell phone video while three others raucously laughed, as they encouraged two severely disabled men to fight.

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  • Mark

    And who’s the developmentally disabled?

  • Margaret

    Mark, to answer your question Developmentally Disabled people are often retarded My daughter is developmentally disabled she is retarded and also has Cerebral Palsy. Some of them function at a higher level than others. That the staff at this care would encourage abuse of people who cannot defend themselves makes me angry.