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Guiding Hands school staff indicted in death of Max Benson

The case against three El Dorado Hills private school staff members and the school is moving forward after a jury indicted them on involuntary manslaughter nearly three and a half years after a 13-year-old student with autism died after being restrained. Max Benson died in November 2018 after being held face down for nearly two hours for allegedly spitting on a classmate at Guiding Hands School, according to a separate civil lawsuit filed by the boy’s family. Benson was unresponsive when authorities arrived. He was taken to hospital and died two days later.| ABOUT | Teen dies after being restrained at El Dorado Hills school Former principal Staranne Meyers, site administrator Cindy Keller and teacher Kimberly Wohlwend were indicted last week by a special criminal jury on charges of involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents. The now closed Guiding Hands Inc. school. was also charged with the same charge. All three women and the school were charged with involuntary manslaughter by the El Dorado County District Attorney in November 2019. The women had pleaded not guilty in an initial trial. (Previous coverage in video above.) Last week’s grand jury indictment comes after years of delays, including defendants changing attorneys, according to El Dorado District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Savannah Broddrick. way to proceed with the case. The women were arraigned on Tuesday, where they resigned and pleaded not guilty. Their next trial is set for September 2. Guiding Hands’ school’s certification was suspended in December 2018 when a preliminary investigation by the California Department of Education found that “sufficient evidence exists” that GHS did not comply with California education codes, resulting in the suspension. School officials at the time denied CDE’s claims. Two months after Benson’s death, the school withdrew its accreditation and closed its doors.

The case against three El Dorado Hills private school staff members and the school is moving forward after a jury indicted them on involuntary manslaughter nearly three and a half years after a 13-year-old student with autism died after being restrained.

Max Benson died in November 2018 after being held face down for nearly two hours for allegedly spitting on a classmate at Guiding Hands School, according to a separate civil lawsuit filed by the boy’s family. Benson was unresponsive when authorities arrived. He was taken to hospital and died two days later.

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Former principal Staranne Meyers, site administrator Cindy Keller and teacher Kimberly Wohlwend were indicted last week by a special criminal court on charges of involuntary manslaughter, according to court documents. The now closed Guiding Hands Inc. school. was also charged with the same charge.

All three women and the school were charged with manslaughter by the El Dorado County District Attorney in November 2019. The women had pleaded not guilty in a first trial. (Previous coverage in the video above.)

Last week’s grand jury indictment comes after years of delays, including the defendants changing attorneys, according to El Dorado District Attorney’s Office spokeswoman Savannah Brodrick.

Brodrick said going to a grand jury to indict is one way to move the case forward.

The women were arraigned on Tuesday, where they resigned and pleaded not guilty.

Their next trial is set for September 2.

Guiding Hands school’s certification was suspended in December 2018 when a preliminary investigation by the California Department of Education found that “there is sufficient evidence to demonstrate” that GHS failed to comply with California education codes, thus leading to the suspension.

School officials at the time denied CDE’s claims.

Two months after Benson’s death, the the school withdrew its certification and closed its doors.

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