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Wednesday, December 4, 2013
A staff member of a group home at 5937 Beattie Ave., has been placed on administrative leave following a complaint of abuse by one of the home's developmentally disabled residents.

Wednesday morning, a developmentally disabled woman, who has trouble communicating, went to Western New York Developmental Disabilities Service Office, 274 South Transit St., and "kept making the gesture of being struck in the face with her hand," according to a report filed with the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

Asked if she was hit, the woman said "Chris hit me."

The woman was interview by a speech pathologist, who told NCSO that the only thing she could discern "was that she was hit in the face by a male staff member by the name of Chris at her group home, located at 5937 Beattie Avenue."

The report goes on to state that the only Chris working at the group home is a staff member named Chris Munzert, who had filed a report on Monday documenting an incident involving the alleged victim where she became upset and agitated towards her peers and staff. During this incident, the report stated the woman threw a soft covered book at staff but the situation was brought under control without further incident.

The report did not refer to any physical contact occurring between Munzert and the woman during the incident. The woman had a small abrasion to the inside of her upper lip which was examined by a registered nurse at the office building who could not determine whether or not it was a result of being struck in the face. It is unknown if the abrasion is related to the incident. There were no other signs of physical injury to the woman's face.

Munzert has been placed on administrative leave while the agency conducts an investigation. No charges were filed.


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