13-year-old Jonathan Carey died last week, on the evening of February 15. He was on an outing with another child from the O.D. Heck Developmental Center in Schenectady, NY, when health worker Edwin Tirado, 35, improperly restrained him. Jonathan stopped breathing, as reported in today’s Times Union. According to police, the driver of the van, Nadeem Mall, 32, continued driving the van around Colonie, in upstate New York, all while “doing errands, shopping and buying beverages, instead of seeking medical. Both men have been charged with second-degree manslaughter.
From WNYT on February 16th, the day after Jonathan’s death:
Apparently Carey was acting out. Tirado was sitting beside him. Colonie Police Chief Stephen Heider says Carey was less than five feet tall and weighed less than 100 pounds, while Edwin Tirado is 5-feet-10 and weighs 140 pounds.
Somewhere along the line, the two men decided to cancel the Crossgates trip. They turned west on Central Avenue and drove back toward Niskayuna. Police say the non-approved restraint techniques were still being inflicted. By the time they reached the Hess Mart near the Schenectady County border, Carey wasn’t breathing.
It’s what the two men are accused of doing after they pulled over at the Hess Mart that changes this story from sad to unbelievable. Rather than call an ambulance, rush him to a hospital or even take him back to the O.D. Heck Center less than two miles away, police say the two men went shopping — with the boy’s body in the van along with the still-alive 14-year-old client. Police say the men made a stop at the Mohawk Commons to buy a video game.
After dropping off the video game at Tirado’s Mont Pleasant home, police say they waited until they were due back at the O.D. Heck Center and then rushed in to report the medical emergency — 90 minutes after it really happened.
Jonathan had been at the O.D. Heck Center since last year. According to his parents, he loved horses and was “a happy boy.” His funeral was today.
Requiescat in pace, Jonathan.