Associated Press Published

Parent Sues Center in Romney, Alleges Son Abused


A center for developmentally disabled people is being sued by a parent who alleges employees abused a 17-year-old former resident.
The lawsuit claims that the Potomac Center in Romney was negligent in in hiring, training and supervising staff to prevent the alleged abuse.
The Cumberland Times-News reports
that a Charleston law firm filed the lawsuit on behalf of the teenager, identified only as R.M., on Monday in Hampshire County Circuit Court. A dozen employees also are named as defendants.
Potomac Center CEO Rick Harshbarger didn’t immediately return a telephone message Tuesday from The Associated Press.

The West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources removed 24 children from the center in January after upper management reported child abuse allegations. West Virginia State Police are investigating the allegations.