Task force issues final report on boy’s suicide in Margate foster home

Orlando Sentinel

The Associated Press

FORT LAUDERDALE – A Florida task force has issued its final report on the suicide of a 7-year-old boy who hung himself in a Margate foster home, determining proper procedures existed to prevent such problems but aren’t always followed.

The report says “core failures in the system…stem from lack of compliance with this framework and with failures in communication, advocacy, supervision, monitoring, and oversight.”

Gabriel Myers was on several powerful psychotropic medications with side effects including suicide when he used a shower hose to hang himself on April 16.

He was in three different foster homes, switched therapists, touched his classmates inappropriately and tried to strangle himself.

The panel found psychotropic medications should be better monitored, so children are not on them endlessly.


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