Woman charged in attack on youth in her care

LACKAWANNA, NY-A mental health specialist with Baker Victory Services is on administrative leave after being charged with an attack on a youth in her care.

Karen Jones, 27, of Buffalo is charged with menacing, harassment and assault. The NYS Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs say the charges stem from an incident earlier this year at a residential facility operated by Baker Victory. The Justice Center says Jones allegedly chased the victim and hit the victim in the back with an object. The resulting injury was serious enough to require medical treatment.

"The defendant in this case was responsible for providing mental health services to the people she served," said Special Prosecutor Patricia Gunning. "Instead, she allegedly abused her authority and attacked a young person in her care. Fortunately, our office received a report from a conscientious individual who understood that cases of abuse and neglect must not be ignored. As a result, the defendant will be held accountable for this misconduct."

Jones was arraigned in Lackawanna City Court and released on her own recognizance. The Lackawanna Police Department assisted in the investigation of this case.


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