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Investigation finds widespread abuse in Missouri mental institutions

By AP / KWMU

St. Louis, MO – All told, the newspaper says there have been nearly 2,300 confirmed cases of abuse and neglect of residents since 2000.

Those resulted in 323 injuries and 21 deaths.

Among the deaths were residents who drowned, choked and drank turpentine.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the facilities broke the law more than
half the time by not notifying authorities of serious allegations
of mistreatment.

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