Family of autistic burn victim Eduardo Sandobal files civil suit

The family says the 24-year-old suffered permanent scars from the burns.

The family says the 24-year-old suffered permanent scars from the burns. (5/20/13)

THE BRONX - The family of a 24-year-old autistic man who was burned at a group home is looking to make someone pay for what happened to their loved one by filing a civil lawsuit today against the home.

Eduardo Sandobal's family says he was tortured by an administrator at Leake and Watts Group Home. Family members say he was branded with a potato masher. Sandobal suffered third-degree burns and has permanent scars.

A spokesperson for the home said in a statement, "Leake & Watts has zero tolerance for abuse and neglect of the people we serve…We took full and decisive action in terminating the employment of the staff who we believed were involved."

The Bronx District Attorney's Office says it did investigate the incident but "could not meet the burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt because of the victim's medical condition."
 

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