More Trouble For BSDC

More allegations of mistreatment are being made against the Beatrice State Developmental Center. Two relatives say their loved ones suffered serious injuries because of inadequate care.

On Wednesday, the brother of a 54-year-old mentally retarded and quadriplegic woman who suffered two broken legs sued the state in Gage County District Court.

Michael Ellsworth of Bellevue says center employees waited five days before getting medical care for his sister, Debra Bauer, after they dropped her last year.

Sandy Ham of Lincoln says she plans to file a $1.35 million claim against the state.

She alleges that her 24-year-old son, who is mentally retarded, nearly died because of improper care. State officials declined to comment.