Death of girl, 14, in group home being investigated

April 23, 2002|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

The apparent suicide of a 14-year-old girl at a group home for the developmentally disabled in Wheaton was under investigation yesterday by Montgomery County police and the state's Office of Health Care Quality.

The girl, whose name was not divulged, was found dead about 6:30 p.m. Sunday by another resident of the home, which state officials identified as Brotherhood and Sisterhood on Blueridge Avenue. The state medical examiner's office in Baltimore was conducting an autopsy, and police would not disclose the circumstances of the death.

The girl was placed in the home, known as an "alternative living unit," by the Department of Social Services, said Karen R. Black, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, which licenses the facility.

Brotherhood and Sisterhood has three homes, two of them in Montgomery County, and each is licensed to care for three people younger than age 21, Black said.

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