That home is Alden Village North, which, according to The Chicago Tribune (01/10/11), has received a number of citations regarding deaths that occurred in the home. The most recent citation involved a 14-month-old girl, whose death resulted in an investigation. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, the 14-month-old suffered from a heart condition and seizure disorder and had "heavy growth" of a staph bacterium.
Despite the growth of the bacterium, the girl's doctor was not notified until two days after the growth was discovered. She died of septic shock the day after she was admitted to hospital. Investigators looking into the case then learned of a 14-year-old boy whose health problems were also not divulged to doctors in a timely manner.
Among other complaints against the home are failure to investigate neglect allegations, failure to take children on outings for months at a time—one boy had been out of the home twice in seven months—and failure to provide proper hygiene.
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The family of one young boy who was only in Alden until he could breathe without a trach tube filed a lawsuit against the facility after the boy died. Although he had dislodged the tube several times, the boy's doctor said he was never informed about the problem. The two-year-old died less than a month after being admitted to the facility. The family's lawsuit reportedly settled out of court for $300,000.