Download presentation
1 -

Justice at last for autistic woman


Ronnie Polaneczky Daily News ColumnistNovember 19 2015PATRICIA SANKEY thought she was one of the lucky onesFor several years a state-paid worker arrived daily to help care for Sankeys daughter Christi

madeline's Recent Documents

Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health

-1-wwwpublichealthlacountygov5/11/2021Informal Social Gatherings EnglishGuidance for Informal Social Gatherings Appendix CCEffective as of Tuesday May 11 2021Recent Updates Highlighted in yellow5/11/2

published 0K
August 24Sent via EmailAdministrator Michael ReganEnvironmental Protec
August 24Sent via EmailAdministrator Michael ReganEnvironmental Protec

1 See 5 USC 553e 147Each agency shall give an interested person the right to petition for the issuance amendment or repeal of a rule14842 USC 7571a2 he Administrator of the EPA shall issue prop

published 0K
VETERINARYPRACTICEGUIDELINES2020AAHAAnesthesiaandMonitoringGuidelinesf
VETERINARYPRACTICEGUIDELINES2020AAHAAnesthesiaandMonitoringGuidelinesf

ABSTRACTFromWashingtonStateUniversityCollegeofVeterinaryMedicinePullmanWashingtonTGUniversityofFloridaVeterinaryHospitalsGainesvilleThestatementtherearenosafeanestheticagentstherearenosafeanestheticpr

published 0K
AlexanderBAtanasov
AlexanderBAtanasov

EmailatanasovgharvardeduORCID0000-0002-3338-0324WebsiteABAtanasovcomGithubABAtanasovEducationHarvardUniversityPhDTheoreticalPhysics2018presentYaleUniversityMSMathematicsBSMathematicsBSPhysics2018Honor

published 0K
x0000x00002828xMCIxD 0 xMCIxD 0 313029282726252423303122282131302019
x0000x00002828xMCIxD 0 xMCIxD 0 313029282726252423303122282131302019

x0000x0000 x/MCIxD 0 x/MCIxD 0 This booklet sets out our main fees and charges for our products for personal customers It also includes information on fee exemptions and concessions available to o

published 0K
Updated September 30 2021
Updated September 30 2021

Average weekly wages for all industries by countyChicago area first quarter 2021US 1289 Area 1476Source US BLS Quarterly Census of Employment and WagesChicago Area Economic SummaryThis summary prese

published 0K
National Agriculture Imagery Program NAIP May 2009
National Agriculture Imagery Program NAIP May 2009

What is the National Agriculture Imagery Program NAIP NAIP is a program to acquire peak growing season 147leaf on148 imagery and deliver this imagery to USDA County Service Centers in order to maintai

published 0K
Patient Information Confidential Patient Name     Circle  Male or Fema
Patient Information Confidential Patient Name Circle Male or Fema

Insurance Information Name of Dental Insurance Company Phone Claim Address Policy ID Policy Holder Relationship to Patient Birthdate Responsible Party146s Patient Information Confident

published 0K
Download Section

Download - The PPT/PDF document "" is the property of its rightful owner. Permission is granted to download and print the materials on this web site for personal, non-commercial use only, and to display it on your personal computer provided you do not modify the materials and that you retain all copyright notices contained in the materials. By downloading content from our website, you accept the terms of this agreement.






Document on Subject : "Justice at last for autistic woman"— Transcript:

1 Justice at last for autistic woman Ron
Justice at last for autistic woman Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist November 19, 2015 PATRICIA SANKEY thought she was one of the lucky ones. For several yea rs, a state - paid worker arrived daily to help care for Sankey's daughter, Christina, who was severely autistic and intellectually disabled. That gave Sankey, who is in her mid - 70s and lives in poverty in South Philly, a break from the constant watchfulness that Christina required. Christina, 37, was unable to speak, dress herself or use the bathroom alone, and she had the mental capacity of a toddler. She was also an "eloper," prone to wander, unafraid of strangers and busy streets, which she'd cross wit h- o ut heed to traffic. So Sankey was relieved when the state began to provide help for Christina, who had required 24/7 oversight since birth. Not every exhausted parent of a severely disabled child has access to such help. In Pennsylvania alone, more than 14,000 citizens with disabilities - children and adults alike - are on a waiting list for state - paid assistance. But even when help comes, there's no guarantee the caretaker will do what he or she is supposed to do. Which, at minimum, should be to ensure the physical safety of the care receiver. On March 6, 2014, Christina's caretaker, Hussanatu Wulu, failed horribly at her primary job. She took Christina into Macy's in Center City. Security footage shows Wulu entering the store on Market Street, Christin a trailing behind, unattended and out of Wulu's direct sight. Wulu then stopped at a jewelry counter to inspect the baubles while Christina paced behind her. Soon, Christina made a beeline for Macy's Chestnut Street doors. She exited, walked west and cros sed Broad Street, where she was almost hit by oncoming vehicles. She then turned south on Broad and vanished. Her body was found the next morning, 5 miles away, lying between two cars on a residential block. She had died of exposure in the frigid night ai r. She lay beneath a trash - can lid, which she perhaps had pulled onto herself for warmth. I wrote about Christina's death in this column because it seemed that no one but her mother was bothered that Christina had perished while under the care of a profes sional aide who knew well Christina's tendency to wander. The column prompted a grand - jury investigation by the Philadelphia district attorney, which led to charges against Wulu. Yesterday, Wulu, 34, a married mother of two, pleaded guilty to one felony c ount of neglect of care of a dependent person and a misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment. She will be under house arrest for 11 1/2 to 23 months, then on pro

2 bation for three years. Dressed in bla
bation for three years. Dressed in black, her head hanging low, Wulu wept and trembled throu gh the court proceedings. When Judge Be n- jamin Lerner - who issued the sentence - asked if she wanted to make a statement, she shook with sobs. "I want somebody to tell her mom that I'm sorry!" Wulu choked out. "I loved her daughter with all my heart and I pray that she forgives me. Please, someone tell her mom that." It was a wrenching moment, a god - awful coda to Christina's god - awful death. But for Sankey, Wulu's remorse means little, she told me when I called to share Wulu's message. Sankey hadn't had the fortitude to attend the hearing because she couldn't bear to lay eyes on the woman "who'd rather bury her nose in a jewelry counter than l ook out for my daughter." "I think she should have gotten at least a year in jail for what she did," says Sankey, whose surviving adult daughter, Liza, 36, is also intellectually disabled but verbal and more capable than Christina had been. "She still ha s her family. She still has both her children. My family is broken forever," says Sankey, who says her husband abandoned her when the girls were toddlers and as the severity of their disabilities became apparent. "We were three and now we are two. Her apol ogy will not bring back our Christina." Liza, she says, spends time every day in front of the living - room mantelpiece, where a photo of Christina stands alongside the red - and - white urn of her ashes. She says good morning and good night to her sister. She describes her day at Hall - Mercer Community Mental Health Center, where she receives support services. She tells her that Thanksgiving is coming, that she and mom will make all of their favorite foods. She reminds her that Christmas will follow, that they will buy gifts for her the way they did last year, their first Christmas without her. "Christina loved balls," sighs Sankey. "Last year, we had so many balls under the tree. Liza wants us to buy more balls. My house is filled with balls." As she talks, I think about Wulu, whose anguish seemed genuine and who fled the courtroom in tears. She's a young woman with years ahead of her to ponder the worst decision she ever made. As it is for Sankey and Liza, Wulu's life is now split into two worlds - the one be fore Christina's death, the one after. Is house arrest enough of a punishment? I don't know, honestly. Sankey's lawyer, Tom Kline, told me he just hopes Wulu is truly remorseful for "the avoidable death which causes pain every day to Christina's mother an d sister." Rest in peace, Christina. You've had your day in court. And you were not forgotten.