Mentally challenged man steps in front of police car, dies

12:14 AM, Sep 30, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- A family is closely watching a Tampa assisted living facility where a nearly blind, mentally challenged man went missing in the dark early morning hours on Saturday. Randolph McClendon, 62, was struck by a Tampa police car and killed around 5:00 a.m. 

"He is my older brother and I am going to miss him so much. I love him," said Luther McClendon, Randolph's 60-year-old brother. 

Luther took care of Randolph for 25 years, but it got too hard two years ago, and he put him in the Immanuel at Ybor Assisted Living Facility. 

In  September, Randolph went missing from the facility twice and was found about a mile away each time. 

Randolph had issues with his eyes, and when Luther asked what the facility administration had done to help him they told him they took Randolph to the doctor.

"I asked what did the doctor say about my brother's vision and they said they didn't know. So I took him to the doctor and we found out he is blind in one eye and is almost blind in the other."

He said he is disappointed in how the facility did not better look out for his brother.

They also asked Luther to take his brother out of their facility earlier this week because his insurance has run out.

"I have called other places but they said I had to get him out by the end of the month and I can't because they told me on the last week of the month."

10 News tried talking with the facility administrator, but he refused to comment. 

According to the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, the facility has 19 places for residents. It holds a license to help mentally challenged patients. 

There are complaints against the facility from earlier this year. In May, there was an inspection report that stated the facility had two employees that did not have a background check on them.  They had criminal histories that should have disqualified them from working there. One of them had grand theft and obtaining property through a worthless check between 2005-2009; the other employee had been arrested for felony battery, and processing cocaine between 1998-2001. For more detailed reports click on the links below.

To see past inspection reports from Immanuel at Ybor Assisted Living Facility click here and here.

Check out the rating of any health facility in Florida:

http://www.floridahealthfinder.gov/CompareCare/SelectChoiceNH.aspx

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