Five people in Missouri have been charged in connection with the grisly death of Carl DeBrodie, a developmentally disabled man who police found encased in concrete.
Sherry Paulo, 53 (pictured above), and Anthony R. Flores, 58, who were responsible for DeBrodie's care at the Second Chance Homes in Fulton, were arrested and charged with involuntary manslaughter and client neglect, officials said Tuesdayand. The two allegedly made DeBrodie fight another man while others watched.
Three others who worked at the home at different times — Shaina Osborne, 29; Anthony R.K. Flores, 32; and Mary K. Paulo, 34 — were charged with falsely reporting a missing person, the Associated Press reported.
DeBrodie disappeared in the fall of 2016, but he wasn't reported missing until April 2017. He was found by police a week later.
Debrodie's mother, Carolyn Summers, filed a lawsuit last week alleging that her son died after Paulo and Flores (pictured below) forced him and another man to fight each other while people watched. The suit charges that Debrodie was left in a bathtub at the home, severely injured and bleeding, where he died, according to the AP. He was allegedly left in the bathtub for a few days before he was moved to a storage unit, where he was found in concrete.
But police told KMIZ-17 in Columbia that they found no evidence of forced fighting during their investigation. They said that justice will prevail in the case.
"I certainly do think we will get justice for Carl," Fulton Police Chief Steve Myers told the station. "I think if it goes to a jury trial, I think we'll have a very successful conclusion to it."
The grand jury indictments were issued in March, according to the Fulton Missouri Police Department. They were sealed until Tuesday because the police didn't want to interfere with a separate federal investigation into possible healthcare fraud.
Paulo and Flores are being held without bond, police said, but the other three have bonds from $2,000 to $4,000.
[Photo: Fulton Missouri Police Department, Facebook]