The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday that it is investigating the death of a resident at a state home for developmentally disabled people.
Murdoch Developmental Center in Butner, 15 miles north of Durham, houses approximately 500 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Officials did not release the name, gender, or age of the individual who died due to healthcare privacy. The department is working with Butner Public Safety in its investigation and will be identifying an external consumer advocate to be part of the department’s investigation, according to Julie Henry, a spokeswoman for N.C. DHHS.
“Our staff takes this responsibility seriously and we will examine every aspect of this event to determine what happened and any steps we can take to prevent future such incidents,” DHHS secretary Al Delia said in a news release.
To be eligible for admission to Murdoch Developmental Center a person must have a diagnosis of “profound, severe or moderate intellectual/developmental disabilities or a related developmental disability,” according to the facility’s website.