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Superintendent of Bellefontaine Center Retires

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The Bellefontaine Habilitation Center (state of Missouri photo)

By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – The head of the Bellefontaine Habilitation Center in suburban St. Louis announced his retirement Tuesday. Bob Eden then immediately left the center.

State officials are investigating reports of possible patient abuse at the home for mentally disabled people.

Eden's retirement came a day after the state sent its own official to supervise the center's operations.

The director of the Division of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Anne Deaton, says Eden was NOT forced to leave.

Attempts to contact Eden were unsuccessful.

Jerry Clubbs, the deputy director for the state's habilitation centers, was appointed Monday to supervise the center. A department spokeswoman told the Associated Press that day that no one at the center had been fired or asked to resign.

Clubbs has now been appointed to oversee the center's immediate operations.

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