The parents of a four-year-old girl who died in a viral outbreak of adenovirus at a New Jersey pediatric care facility are calling for it to be shut down.
Dorcase Dolcin is one of 10 severely disabled children who died at the Wanaque Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Haskell.
In total, 27 children and one staff member have contracted the illness – with 17 currently battling the infection.
The outbreak was reported days after inspectors found ‘handwashing deficiencies’ at the facility, which houses elderly people and children.
Dorcase was born developmentally disabled due to a lack of oxygen while in the womb, leaving her completely incapacitated and immunocompromised.
Her parents, Modeline Auguste and Ocrioimy Dolcin, are accusing the staff of negligence, saying they often found their daughter sitting in dirty diapers and that she wasn’t even given a flu shot prior to her death.