Developmentally Disabled Man Repeatedly Bitten By Bed Bugs
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
MILWAUKEE - FOX6's Myra Sanchik shares the story of a Milwaukee
woman who wants to know why her son's group home didn't notify her
of a bed bug problem.
A Milwaukee mother says her developmentally disabled son was
bitten by bed bugs repeatedly, and wasn't able to tell anyone
what's wrong because he cannot speak.
Now, this mother is mad - not at the bugs, but at those who never
told her about the problem.
Albert hasn't been able to speak since meningitis almost took his
life at the age of three.
Now, at 22 years old, Albert couldn't tell his adoptive mother
what was bothering him.
"He won't eat. He's acting out. He won't go on the van ride, which
he loves. He's beating his head on the van. He's throwing chairs. I
said 'oh my God, he must have been itching,'" Delores Sallis
What was bugging Albert, according to his mom, was bed bugs he
contracted at a group home he stays at a few times every
When Delores dropped off Albert's luggage a little more than a
week ago at the Thurston Home on Milwaukee's north side, "the
manager came out to ask me 'did you know we have an infestation of
bed bugs?' I said 'no,' and she said 'you should have been
notified.' I said, 'well, I haven't.' I was stuck. I was at a loss
for words," Delores said.
Delores says the manager told her Albert had been staying in the
room that was most infested.
Delores took Albert home, and says he won't go back. "This is not
fair to him. My son is 22 years old, but he has the mind of a
three-year-old, and that's just not fair to him," Delores
The state of Wisconsin says it had an anonymous complaint about
bed bugs in the group home in September.
Inspectors verified it, and the group home hired a service to take
care of the problem.
A spokesman for the group home says they are still contracting
with that service, and says all families should have been notified.
He regrets Delores Sallis wasn't.
"This is my pride and joy sitting here. By him not being able to
hear or speak, there's some things I don't catch onto too fast, and
I hate it because there's nothing I can do," Delores said.
Albert is now getting home care, and the bed bug bites have
The state says the home is in compliance as it tries to get rid of
The group home spokesman says he's not sure when the entire
problem will be resolved.
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