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Worker accused of abusing patient at Nebraska's center for developmentally disabled people


BEATRICE, Nebraska — A 36-year-old employee at the Beatrice State Developmental Center has been accused of abusing one of the patients.

The Beatrice Daily Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1O36l5j ) that Shawn Ebeling, of Diller, is charged with two felony counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult stemming from reports of incidents on Aug. 9 and Aug. 21.

Ebeling's attorney didn't immediately return a call Monday from The Associated Press, seeking comment about the allegations against Ebeling.

On Aug. 3 a federal court ended special federal oversight of the state center for developmentally disabled people. It had been under federal scrutiny since 2006 because of a track record of failing to meet care standards and a U.S. Justice Department finding of patient neglect and abuse.

Information from: Beatrice Sun, http://www.beatricedailysun.com

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