A 21-year-old Albany woman will spend six months on probation for her connection to the death of a 15-year-old boy last year at a residential mental health facility near Corvallis, a Benton County Circuit Court judge decided Tuesday.
Amanda Jayne Brown allegedly neglected a 15-year-old boy who was known to be suicidal while working at the Children’s Farm Home last year, according to an investigative report by the Benton County Sheriff’s Office. The boy attempted suicide Aug. 15, 2016, and died the following day at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center, the report states.
The Farm Home, located at 4455 NE Highway 20, is a treatment facility for young people operated by Trillium Family Services.
Brown entered a no contest plea to second-degree criminal mistreatment, a misdemeanor. With Judge David Connell’s approval, Brown entered into a diversion program, meaning her case will be dismissed if she successfully completes probation.
According to her diversion contract, Brown is required to complete 80 hours of community service for a nonprofit organization and make a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit dedicated to suicide prevention. She must also write a letter of apology that acknowledges the loss of the victim and attempts to demonstrate empathy, the contract states.
Brown is not to be employed or perform volunteer work regarding the care of the elderly, youth or dependent persons, according to the contract. She should also have no contact with the parents or grandparents of the victim, unless the family members ask the court to allow contact, the contract states.
Should Brown fail to complete these terms, she could be sentenced to up to one year in jail, according to the contract.
Brown was represented in court by Salem attorney Jon Weiner.
When reached for comment Wednesday, Trillium Family Services President Jamie Vandergon declined comment.
An indictment was filed against Brown on March 17, alleging 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 said during Brown’s April 20 arraignment.
According to the Sheriff’s Office report, deputies responded about 9:20 p.m. Aug. 15, 2016, to a building on the Farm Home campus and found employees attempting to resuscitate the boy.
Brown told deputies the victim had used razors to cut himself in the past. She said he also made a statement to her that evening about wanting to die, the report states.
She said the victim went to take a shower, and after about 40 minutes she realized he was still in the shower, according to the report. When the boy did not respond, Brown contacted a supervisor, she told deputies. They discovered the boy had hanged himself from a bathroom stall, the report states. She said they performed CPR on the boy until medics arrived.
The report states it is the Farm Home’s practice to check on a person using the bathroom after 15 minutes.
Brown told the deputies she had worked at the Farm Home for 10 months, according to the report.