Editorial: Failing the most helpless among us

A 9-year-old girl with cerebral palsy was found dead in Warwick on Jan. 3. Police, who entered her squalid home that reeked of urine and feces, said she may have been lying in a bathtub for eight hours.The mother who adopted her, Michele Rothgeb, 55, told the police she had taken a “hands off” approach to her eight special-needs children after coming down with the flu, not wanting to sicken them. So she left them in the care of her adopted 15-year-old son, who has […]

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