A former Hillside employee is facing charges, accused of choking a teen in his care.
Henry Taylor Junior, age 27, is charged with criminal obstruction of breathing or blood circulation and harassment.
The New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs reports says Taylor, while working at Hillside, grabbed the victim by the neck, pushed him down on a bed and squeezed his neck.
Officials say the incident was reported via the Justice Centers hotline by Hillside Children’s Center.
“Physical violence is never acceptable,” said Justice Center Executive Director Denise Miranda. “Certainly, under no circumstance should anyone place their hands around a service recipient’s neck. It takes only a few seconds to render someone unconscious or cause brain damage. The Justice Center will hold this defendant accountable for his conduct.”
Taylor was arraigned and released after making bail. He has been fired by Hillside.
In compliance with Federal and State privacy laws, Hillside Family of Agencies cannot provide personal information on current or former clients, including whether a person or family has received our services. Additionally, it is Hillside’s policy not to comment on issues related to current or former staff. However, our Family of Agencies is committed to the safety and wellbeing of every child, and any suspected or actual offense against a youth is not tolerated. We are in the process of gathering all the facts regarding this reported incident and are prepared to cooperate fully with authorities.