Lack of Supervision of Special-Needs Child Leads to Choking Death

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Christopher Tyler was born with a chromosomal defect which prevented his brain and body from developing normally.  At 18, he was, in essence, a darling baby of 55 pounds, an affectionate, happy child, who during the day was in the care of the Multnomah Education Services District.  He had a strict dietary regimen because he was always at risk of choking, and his food was to be given to him in tiny bites, with care being taken to make sure he swallowed between each bite.  Christopher lost his life when his attendant completely ignored these instructions. The case settled prior to trial.

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The Oregonian – Aimee Green (2/8/2011)

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Student's death from choking brings suit - 02/09/2011
Student’s death from choking brings suit – 02/09/2011