Attorney General Paxton Statement on Illegal Group Home in Belton
Published 3:50 pm Monday, August 17, 2015
AUSTIN – Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton today issued the following statement regarding the illegal group home “God’s Blessings,” which was shut down by officials from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) last week after operating without a license and allegations of neglect and abuse:
“The dire conditions in this illegal group home are heartbreaking and inexcusable, and appear to violate numerous health and safety laws with possible abusive treatment. My prayers are with the residents who have endured hardship at this facility and their loved ones.
“The proper care of our most vulnerable is a central responsibility of society, and I commend investigators with DADS who are dedicated to protecting and supporting our elderly and disabled citizens. Their diligent work in this case has allowed our office to take the appropriate legal action, and we are committed to seeking justice,” Attorney General Paxton said.
Investigators with DADS entered the facility and found, among other things, the building was dirty and in poor repair, there was no air conditioning, and registered sex offenders resided in the home.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office filed suit and secured a temporary restraining order on the operator of the facility on August 13, which prevents the individual from continuing to run the facility in Belton or anywhere in the state of Texas. A temporary injunction will be sought at a hearing on August 27.