The leader of the Beatrice State
Developmental Center says he's keeping residents' families informed
of latest abuse investigation but hopes the center's troubles are
Five center employees were fired and criminally charged after a
September report said residents were routinely slapped, shoved,
violently pinched, punched, ridiculed and choked.
After the latest abuse came to light, Howell traveled the state to talk with residents' families. He continues to talk with them about progress in the investigation.
The center is working to regain full federal certification after a report showed a pattern of neglect and abuse in 2006 and 2007.