A 21-year-old Albany woman has been arraigned in Benton County Circuit Court on a misdemeanor charge of criminal mistreatment in connection with a suicide last summer at a residential mental health facility near Corvallis.
Amanda Jayne Brown entered a plea of not guilty in a brief proceeding before Judge Eveleen Henry on Thursday afternoon.
Brown is charged with second-degree criminal mistreatment in connection with the death of a 15-year-old boy who killed himself Aug. 15 at the Children’s Farm Home, a mental health treatment facility for young people operated by Trillium Family Services.
A March 17 indictment by a Benton County grand jury alleges that Brown had responsibility for the victim and that she “did unlawfully and with criminal negligence withhold necessary and adequate medical attention or physical care” from the young man. She was cited in lieu of arrest on March 26.
“The defendant had reason to know the victim was suicidal,” Benton County Chief Deputy District Attorney Ryan Joslin told the judge in court.
Brown, who is being represented by Salem defense attorney Jon H. Weiner, spoke little during her arraignment and declined to make a statement afterward.
Her next scheduled court appearance is a status check set for June 1.
As a condition of her release pending trial, Brown is not allowed to have contact with the victim’s family. She also is barred from working or volunteering in a position where she would be responsible for the care of minors or dependent persons.
She indicated during her arraignment that she no longer works at the Farm Home.
A representative of Trillium Family Services did not immediately return messages seeking comment Thursday afternoon.