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Questions surround state’s abuse finding against mother who gave her son prescribed cough syrup and Tylenol

Christine Davidson is known by her family and friends to be devoted to her 45-year-old son John, who has an intellectual disability and numerous medical issues.

“Christine is a dedicated mother who has steadfastly kept John as her number one priority,” Pat Diianni, a friend who has known Christine for nearly 40 years, wrote in a letter of support for her last year.

Pat said Christine has consistently worked over the years to ensure the best possible care for her son in the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) system.

Christine herself says John is “the focus of my life. Everyone knows that I’d go to any lengths for him.” By all accounts, John loves her equally, and has told his caregivers that he wants to be home with his mother.

Christine and John Davidson

State alleges abuse by mother and restricts contact with son

But the state Disabled Persons Protection Commission (DPPC) and DDS concluded in October that Christine abused John because she “more likely than not gave (him) an undetermined amount” of Tylenol and cough syrup with codeine while he was home with her for a weekend visit last June.

In a 20-page report, a DPPC investigator concluded that Christine also failed to provide prescribed breathing therapy support “causing (John) to lose consciousness” in the morning of June 21. The prescribed therapy was the use of a Bi-PAP breathing assistance machine at night.

Christine was unable to wake John up in the morning of June 21, and called 911. John was brought to the Newton Wellesley Hospital ER. He quickly recovered after being given oxygen.

The DPPC is a state agency that is charged with investigating abuse and neglect of adults under 60 with disabilities.

Following the DPPC investigation, DDS issued an “action plan” that recommended sharply curtailing contact between Christine and John. All visits to Christine’s home have been suspended, and all of Christine’s visits to the group home have to be scheduled and supervised, despite the fact that Christine is John’s co-guardian. John was not even allowed to go home to visit Christine at Christmas.

Questions about accuracy and completeness of DPPC report

But following a review of the DPPC report and related documents, and an interview of Christine,  COFAR is questioning the completeness and accuracy of DPPC’s investigation of the incident leading to John’s hospitalization.

Most importantly, both the cough syrup and Tylenol medications had been prescribed by John’s primary care doctor, according to Christine and to medical records, and Christine maintains that she has always followed the prescriptions.

There was no evidence presented in the DPPC report that Christine did not follow the prescribed doses in administering each medication to her son.

As for the failure to use the Bi-PAP machine, Christine says that such a machine wasn’t delivered to her house until June 22, the day after John’s episode of hypoxemia or low oxygen level. She also said she did not receive necessary training in how to use the machine. When she inquired of a group home staff member about receiving training, she said she was told there would be no opportunity for her to do that.

Christine said the machine was later removed from her home by a group home staff, and that she later saw the machine’s breathing mask on the floor of John’s room, dirty and apparently unused. She said when she brought that to the attention of the staff, they did not respond to her.

Christine’s son’s group home is run by WCI, a DDS provider.

Christine, who cooperated with the DPPC investigation, told the investigator she gave her son prescribed cough syrup over that weekend because he had a history of a chronic cough and “has a tendency to cough so much he can’t breathe.” She said she gave him Tylenol as prescribed for arthritis pain.

Following his hospitalization in June, John was admitted in early August to Tewksbury State Hospital due to continuing leg pain stemming from a fracture caused by a 2019 fall outside his group home. He was kept for months at Tewksbury State for unclear reasons, and was discharged back to his group home only at the end of November.

Since August, Christine and her partner, Carmine Tocco, have wanted John discharged home to them. John also strongly expressed his desire to the DPPC investigator to go home to his mother.

Christine and Carmine said they believe that Tewksbury State Hospital was not an appropriate setting for John, and said they have seen signs that he was neglected there and in his group home, and has suffered physical and emotional abuse.

In the 40 years of John’s life prior to his admission to the WCI group home in 2017, he had lived at home with his mother.

Mother lost sole guardianship last year

Christine said DDS petitioned in probate court in May of 2020 to remove her as her son’s sole guardian after she got into a dispute with the Department over the placement of her son in a new group home.

Christine engaged Tom Frain, who is also COFAR’s president, as her attorney, and was ultimately restored to full guardianship. Her nephew, George Papastrat, who lives in North Carolina, was later appointed as co-guardian, with the medical and residential decision making powers.

We are concerned that DDS and DPPC appear to be setting the stage to remove Christine as co-guardian. Frain assisted Christine in appealing the DPPC abuse finding.

Friends, colleagues, and family cite mother’s devotion to her son

Amelia Lawless, Christine’s sister, stated in a letter of support for Christine in June 2020, during her fight to regain her guardianship, that, “(John) and his mother are a real team – they cry, laugh, and work well together. You might say that they complete each other.”

That same month, Rachel Geller, a former behavioral specialist in the Waltham Public School District, noted in a letter that Christine had worked in the school district as a special education teacher, and described her as “enthusiastic, kind, and loving…There are many wonderful teachers. Ms. Davidson stood out,” Geller stated.

Geller added that, “I have found Ms. Davidson to be sincere, hard-working, diligent, and of high moral and ethical standards.”

Father Fred Mannara, who was Christine’s parish priest for 57 years, wrote that, “John has a person in his life, his mother, who knows him and shares his history and loves him dearly. John knows that he belongs.”

Denise Cerrati, another friend of Christine’s for more than 40 years, wrote that, “John is the remarkable, resilient young man he is because of his mother’s care and undying attention to his needs… It would be a great injustice to restrict John’s life in such a way as to not allow him to draw on the strength and love he has always known.”

Milestones in advocacy for John

A former Special Education teacher in the Waltham school system, Christine enrolled John in an Early Intervention program at the Shriver Center prior to preschool, and later enrolled him at the LABB Educational Collaborative from which he graduated in 1998.

Christine found a speech therapist and reading tutor for John when he was an adolescent. She arranged for swimming lessons for him and watched him win two gold medals in an 800-meter swimming event at the Special Olympics International Games in 1991.

Christine encouraged John’s love for dance; and John performed for several years at a local dance studio.

In addition, Christine arranged for John to work at Brandeis University in a paid job in maintenance that lasted for 13 years.  And she found a volunteer position for John with Chai Works in Waltham, a program for persons with developmental disabilities. “He was very proud of that job,” she said. “He never missed a day.”

John also helped Christine in campaigning for Joe Kennedy II in his run for Congress in her Waltham district in the late 1980s.

In 2009, Christine began working with a priest to arrange for a special dispensation to have John receive the sacrament of confirmation as an adult. He was confirmed in 2014.

Christine was also a frequent speaker at family events organized by the Greater Waltham Arc. The Arc sponsored the Brandeis job that John held, starting in 1998. When that job lost funding at Brandeis, Christine contacted Waltham city officials who were able to find the funding needed to keep the job going.

No conclusive cause determined for hypoxemia

Doctors at Newton Wellesley Hospital who were interviewed by DPPC did not appear to have provided the investigator with a conclusive cause of John’s episode of hypoxemia on June 21.  One doctor stated that John may actually have been aspirating when he was brought to the hospital, meaning he was actually choking on something.

We have seen a number of cases in which individuals have aspirated or choked on ingested objects for a period of a week or more before being taken to a hospital. Christine said she thinks it is possible that her son was aspirating on something he had ingested while at his group home before his visit home to her.

While the DPPC concluded that John’s hypoxemia was more likely than not caused by a combination of Tylenol, cough syrup, and lack of a Bi-PAP machine, the report specifically concluded that the amount of the two medications given to John was “undetermined.”

In an appeal filed with the DPPC on November 29 of the agency’s abuse finding, Attorney Frain stated that it is Christine’s position that “the preponderance of evidence does not support the conclusons reached by the investigation report.”

Questions about enlarged liver

One Newton Wellesley hospital official told the DPPC investigator that Christine’s son had an enlarged liver, which was likely caused by a drug toxicity. The official said, however, that John’s Tylenol levels were not elevated when he was examined at the hospital.

Nevertheless, the hospital official said that toxicity in John’s liver could be due to small amounts of Tyleol built up over time. The official stated, “I have every suspicion that (John) took too much Tylenol, but I wouldn’t go to court to testify on that.”

But given that Christine’s son had only been with her over the weekend of June 18 to June 21, when he was hospitalized, Christine said she thinks it is possible that any toxicity buildup in his liver from Tylenol use could have happened previously at the group home. The DPPC report did not mention that possibility.

Witness confirms John had chronic cough

An official from Brigham and Women’s Hospital confirmed to the DPPC investigator that John had had “a chronic intermittent cough for many years.” The hospital official also said that John’s “cough syrup prescription had not raised many concerns prior to latest hospitalization.” Christine said she knows of no concerns that were ever raised about it.

Charge that Christine didn’t know dosages lacks specifics

Much of the case for the DPPC’s abuse charge appears to rest on accounts by the unnamed Newton Wellesley Hospital personnel that Christine couldn’t remember the dosages of the cough syrup and Tylenol that she had given John.

But even if that were the case, Christine maintains it would not prove that she had given her son too much of those medications. She told the DPPC investigator that she has always followed the doctor’s prescriptions regarding medication that she has given her son.

Christine said that she volunteered information to the EMTs who answered her 911 call about the medications John was taking, and gave them a list of all of his medications. She said that she has been giving John his medications throughout his life, and has always followed the written prescriptions.

John’s cough syrup and Tylenol had been prescribed

John’s cough syrup and Tylenol had, in fact, been prescribed for him, according to medical records examined by COFAR.

Those medical records were apparently not reviewed by the DPPC investigator who indicated in the report that the only medical records reviewed were Newton Wellesley Hospital records and John’s Individual Support Plan. [DPPC regulations (Section 1(k) of 118 CMR 5.02) require “the review and obtaining of copies of all documents which are not plainly irrelevant to the matter under investigation.” (My emphasis.)]

According to the records reviewed by COFAR, Tylenol and Tussionex cough syrup containing Hydrocodone were prescribed for John going back as far as January 2020.

Frain stated in his appeal that the cough syrup with Hydrocodone had been prescribed for the past 15 years, and had been administered by Christine to John since that time without incident.

Frain also noted that the DPPC report did not make clear that there were actually two prescriptions for the cough syrup for John. One — Mucinex DM Max Strength — was used by the group home, and the other — Tussionex with Hydrocodone — was used by Christine.

Frain said the reason for the separate prescriptions was that no cough syrup with a narcotic could be safely stored or administered in the group home. But that confusion was used by the DPPC report, Frain said, “to insinuate that there was wrongdoing on Ms. (Christine) Davidson’s part.”

Bi-PAP machine was not used by the group home

The DPPC report stated that the Bi-PAP machine had been prescribed for John to use at night to help him breathe. John had been diagnosed with severe apnea, according to the report.

As noted, Christine said the Bi-PAP machine was not delivered to her home until after John’s hospitalization, and that the group home later removed it.

The report did note that while it appeared the group home did have a B-PAP machine for John, the staff rarely if ever used it. The Brigham and Woman’s Hospital official told the investigator that:

I’m not sure you can blame this (failure to use the Bi-PAP machine on (Christine). Some sleep doctor must have prescribed it years ago. (John’s) usage has been spotty forever…I don’t think the group home even used it…

John could not be awakened previously

In his appeal of the DPPC report, Frain noted that in two previous incidents in the months prior to June 21, John was found non-responsive. In those incidents, on February 17 and during the “April/May time frame,” John was in the care either of his group home or a medical provider. Yet no report of abuse was filed with DPPC or DDS.

In the February case, medical staff at the Mass General Infusion Center in Waltham noted in on a medical form that John was “very sleepy in infusion…Quite lethargic.”

The DPPC report did not mention either of those previous incidents, either or both of which Christine believes could have a bearing on the cause of the incident in June.

No reaction to Narcan

According to the DPPC report, when EMTs arrived at Christine’s home on June 21, after Christine found John unresponsive, they administered Narcan “without effect.” Narcan is a medication used to counteract decreased breathing in an opioid overdose.

The report didn’t discuss whether John’s lack of reaction to Narcan might rule out the cough syrup as a cause of his hypoxemia. Narcan will not have an effect if there is no opioid in a person’s system.

Disputed statements about leg injury and air mattress

Also in the DPPC report is a statement by John’s DDS service coordinator that John had previously broken his leg while in Christine’s care.

The report, however, stated that in a follow-up interview to “clarify” that charge, the service coordinator acknowledged that Christine’s son had broken his leg in December 2019 when he slipped and fell outside his group home after direct care staff failed to greet John as he arrived with a transportation provider. It is undisputed that John was in WCI’s care at the time, and not under his mother’s care.

The report further stated that the incident in which Christine’s son broke his leg was not reported to DPPC because “the incident was witnessed and no one appeared at fault.” The investigator didn’t question that apparent breach of DPPC’s reporting statute and regulations.

According to the report, John refractured his leg in February 2020, possibly while at Christine’s home. However, the report stated it could not be determined whether that second fracture was due to a fall or to failed hardware in his leg stemming from the repair of the first facture.

Christine and Carmine also dispute an apparently second-hand claim in the report, apparently by the service coordinator, that in February 2020, an unidentified person had seen John sitting on a deflated air mattress on the floor in her home. Christine and Carmine said that not only does her son have an upstairs bedroom with a bed in it, but they put a second bed into a downstairs bedroom for him because he was having trouble walking.

Christine said she has never had an air mattress in her home. Carmine sent us the photo below of Christine’s son’s downstairs bed.

John Davidson’s downstairs bed in Christine’s home. John’s DDS service coordinator implied to the DPPC that John had been forced to sleep on an air mattress.

The investigator acknowledged in her report that she had not visited Christine’s home, citing COVID restrictions.

DPPC report relied on negative speculation about personality

In addition to accounts from the unidentified Newton Wellesley Hospital personnel, assertions about Christine’s temperament were included in the report from John’s DDS service coordinator, a DDS program monitor, and a DDS area office nurse. Only one staff member of his group home was interviewed, and that interview does not appear to have been about Christine’s alleged behavior toward the group home staff.

The service coordinator, for instance, described Christine in the report as “crafty and manipulative.” No example of that is given.

COFAR has in the past found that in investigating allegations of abuse, DPPC and DDS have discounted information provided by family members of clients. In some cases, the agencies have made negative assertions or taken punitive or even retaliatory actions against family members seen as meddlesome or too aggressive in their advocacy for their loved ones. (See here, here, herehere, here, here, here, here, here, and here.)

Assessed as frail and elderly

At least one of the Newton Wellesley Hospital personnel and Christine’s service coordinator described Christine to the DPPC investigator as “frail,” while the service coordinator also described her as “in her mid-70s and elderly.” The Newton Wellesley Hospital official also said Christine was using a wheelchair in the hospital.

Christine responded to us that she used a wheelchair temporarily in the hospital because she was recovering from back surgery at the time. She said she no longer uses a wheelchair. She added that she resents being characterized as frail, in particular. “It’s like calling someone fat or too skinny,” she said. “They don’t want me in the picture. They don’t want my involvement in John’s medical care.”

Staff actually rude to Christine

In her own contemporaneous handwritten notes, Christine wrote that on July 29, staff in John’s group home were “ rude” to her, and that one had “abruptly snatched snack from my hand.” She said she had brought the snack of yogurt and lemonade to give to John. She also wrote that the staff were giving him “no choice in (TV) channels.”

On July 30, she wrote that, “John’s bed, blanket, and pillow soaked with urine.”

In early August, she wrote in her notes that, “I would be remiss not to speak up for him — elderly and disabled have no voice.”

Christine praised staff member in notes

Despite the negative assessments of Christine’s relationship with the group home staff, her written notes from July 8, 2019, include praise for a staff member named Mohammed. In her notes, she stated after Mohammed’s name: “Humor attention to detail, kindness empathy, helped John shave.” Christine said Mohammed left the group home more than a year ago.

Visits with mother considered a negative

The DDS program monitor indicated to the DPPC investigator that both DDS and the provider thought Christine was visiting her son in his group home and taking him home for visits too often. “Weekend visits would turn into weeks,” the DDS official said. “(John) couldn’t gain a foothold in the group home.”

“We have been walking a fine line and have done everything we can do,” the DDS official said. (Christine) will always find a reason to bring (John) home.”

The DPPC report, however, includes no reasoning or discussion as to why frequent visits and contact with John’s mother would necessarily be bad for him. DDS regulations, in fact, support “least restrictive care” options, meaning options that honor the wishes of clients to interact with family, friends, and the greater community.

DDS regulations (115 CMR 5 et seq.) also state that “Arrangements shall be made for private visitation (of DDS clients) to the maximum extent possible.”

Report acknowledges son’s wish to return home

The service coordinator stated to the DPPC investigator that Christine and her “family attorney (Frain) have lost sight of (Christine’s  son’s) individual rights.”

Ironically, the DPPC investigator stated that when she interviewed John, he expressed a strong desire to go home from Tewksbury State Hospital to his mother. There was no discussion in the report about taking his wish into account.

Lack of contact, communication

Christine maintains that while John was at Tewksbury State Hospital, her contact with him was sharply constrained for unclear reasons. While she was allowed to visit him there, she said the visits were supervised and she was not allowed to ask him or the staff questions.

She also said John’s cell phone went missing almost immediately after his admission to Tewksbury, and she was unable to call him. She said the DPPC investigator never asked her about that situation.

Neglect alleged at Tewksbury Hospital

Christine and Carmine said that when they initially visited John at Tewksbury, he was wearing diapers with feces in them and hadn’t been shaved for at least a week. Also his glasses and cell phone were missing. They said he appeared at times to be drugged there, and his leg pain was continuing.

Christine believes John regressed regressed mentally and was depressed at Tewsksbury and is continuing to decline mentally and physically at his group home. She said he is now in a wheelchair and is incontinent. Prior to his hospitalization, she said, he was continent and able to walk with a cane.

DPPC should reverse abuse finding

We hope the DPPC reconsiders its finding of abuse against Christine for all of the reasons discussed above. We also hope that DDS reconsiders its restrictions imposed on contact between Christine and her son.  It appears to be very important to John – and witnesses have attested to this – that he be afforded the contact he desires with his mother.

We also think both DDS and DPPC should investigate the care and conditions under which John was kept at Tewksbury State Hospital. A similar investigation should be undertaken at the WCI group home.

Christine and Carmine believe that with adequate assistance from DDS and caregivers, they can care for John at home. “He will receive the love, care, and stimulation he needs that only we can provide if he is allowed to come back home,” Christine said. “Right now, I’m very concerned that he is progressing into a state of despair, which is the last stage of depression.”

We hope DDS seriously considers the option of returning John home to Christine.

  1. Anonymous
    January 3, 2022 at 12:19 pm

    Please send this to the Boston Globe

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  2. January 3, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    Wow.  It’s so hard to know where to begin with this story.  But one thing is crystal clear to me. DDS and the DPPC, both of whom in my long experience as an advocate and a family member, rarely remove a resident from a group home, are very quick to remove a young man from his mother and try to take her guardianship.  Fuzzy evidence at best, with inadequate investigations of many of the points made by this mother (finding the BPAP machine dirty in her son’s bedroom, a statement by a doctor that it was rarely used, a statement from a DDS service coordinator that the mother was “crafty and manipulative”.  That certainly does not sound like a fact to be written in a valid investigation.  Illegal non-reporting of the incident where John broke his leg in the group home.  Letters of character reference from friends, colleagues, and a parish priest – none of that matters.  If your son gets injured on your watch, you are to blame.  Parents beware – but group homes – -don’t worry – DDS has got your back.  

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  3. January 3, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    What are we going to do? An attorney to go to court to get an injunction to stop the State As before we have a $1000 to put into a pot to protect her rights Let me know what is needed.

    PS THEY ARE lying bastards!!!!!! but is that new????


      January 14, 2022 at 4:28 pm

      Hi Tmspell
      I’m Christine and Johnny’s friend and we want to thank you for your generosity.
      How would we go about getting an injunction it sounds like the way to go.

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  4. Sara
    January 3, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    This is a very sad story. They never take accountability for their own incompetence/negligence for the people that are in their care. Instead, they turn on this poor mother to make it look as though she’s to blame. As far as the DDS Coordinator stating the mother was “crafty and manipulative” is unprofessional. They just don’t like being challenged.

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  5. Ed
    January 3, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    DPPC and DDS are hedging with the phrase “more likely than not” in their conclusion that Christine abused John by giving him “an undetermined amount” of Tylenol and cough syrup.

    When we were dealing with situations like this in Advocacy Network, we saw many instances where “more likely than not” DDS and/or DPPC interpreted actions by parent or guardian as hostile to the agencies’ positions, and therefore used their considerable resources to overwhelm, intimidate, or muzzle the parent or guardian. Restrict the number, duration and location of visits; curtail phone calls; prohibit gifts; impede with jargon, regulations, and bureaucracy—anything to wear down and distance the parent/guardian from the individual.

    While it’s possible—from what is laid out here in great detail—it doesn’t seem likely that Christine would do anything counter to her son’s best interests.

    There are too many “she said/they said” contradictions here, too many information gaps, for DPPC and DDS not to reconsider this case. This is a mother and her son.

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    • January 3, 2022 at 6:39 pm

      I hope that COFAR can advocate to get this turned around. You said it beautifully Ed. This is a mother and her son. Not a relationship to be lightly tossed aside.

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  6. Pat
    January 3, 2022 at 9:16 pm

    I am glad to see that Chris’s side of the story is being told. It is all too easy to assume that if charges are made they must be true. This blog clearly states the facts and the history of Christine’s devotion to her son John. For 45 years she has dedicated her life to John and will continue to do so.

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  7. Anonymous
    January 3, 2022 at 10:14 pm

    It’s so discouraging and distressing to read about the situations described in the COFAR blog, in which the inherent human dignity of intellectually disabled individuals is disregarded. How can this be happening so many years after Judge Tauro highlighted the inferior treatment of people in institutionalized settings and initiated the wonderful improvements in centers like Fernald, where my brother was blessed with excellent care for 28 years? Why is Massachusetts, with so many highly educated specialists across a range of profession, be doing such a tragically poor job caring for some of our most vulnerable citizens?

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  8. January 3, 2022 at 11:50 pm

    As a residential provider for over 30 years I am appalled at the information in this blog. Parents and family are integral to the success of a person transitioning to a community setting. Rather than been viewed as a nuisance they are partners in the process of insuring a fully included life for individuals with intellectual disabilities. All providers should practice absolute transparency with families, especially when a legal guardianship is established.
    The ‘investigation’ as it is presented appears to rely on perception and innuendo rather than documentation supported facts. To separate a mother and son in this instance is an outrage. If the provider is receiving Federal Medicaid dollars a full investigation appears to be warranted. I sincerely hope that the legal representation procured by Ms. Davidson will assure that John and Christine Davidsons rights are protected.

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  9. kleinbergchc
    January 4, 2022 at 4:48 am

    It’s infuriating to read another account of the great lengths DPPC and DDS will go to to build a case based on dubious evidence against a parent, when in our experience, they are completely uninterested in seriously investigating my son’s multiple and credible complaints of abuse by staff at his group home. DPPC did not even bother to complelety document his most recent abuse (they left out the part about him being punched in the nuts) let alone “investigate.” I had the impression, even before reading these accounts of DDS action against these mothers, that the state tolerates a kind of consistent low-level abuse – being slapped and punched and verbally abused in my son’s case – and considered me unreasonable for complaining about it. Where is the justice for these most vulnerable people? Is there a reason why assault allegations by the intellectually disabled can’t be brought directly to the police or district attorney, but have to be screened first by DPPC?

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    January 4, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    This started in 2019 John fell walking up the driveway unattended by his handlers fell and cracked his FEMA bone at 119 Sheffield road which went unreported John was taken to Newton Wellesley hospital and was given the lesser of two surgeries as told to me by the Doctor with the possibility he might need a second surgery in Boston because they were better equipped to carry it out.
    After the second surgery John spent the next seven months in Marist Hill nursing home due partly because of COVID-19 with just a few visits through a window.After all John has been through he wanted to come home to spend a week with his mother and DDS and WCI would not compromise at all and 20 minutes later we got a call from there state lawyer maria Belafonte with Judge William McSweeny the 3rd. and Christine was never asked if she wanted a lawyer present and the lawyer told the judge we only have an air mattress for John to sleep on and that John re-fractured his leg at his mother’s house both untrue and when Christine started to tell the Judge her side of the story she was disconnected of the phone line and they pushed it through with Christine losing her guardian ship .
    In my 70 years I have never seen anything so wrong in my life especially knowing what a wonderful Mother Christine is to John and I have known them for 19 years I believe Christine should have her full guardian ship restored forth with.
    This is only the first half of the story.There is much more injustices done to Christine and above all poor John who wants to just go home to his mom’s and the sad thing. is John is losing hope and he is so unhappy and is getting more depressed each day.
    This wrong and immoral.

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  11. rosie Zahner
    January 4, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    This letter was written as a character reference for Christine Davidson on 6/12/2020 as requested.

    To whom it may concern,

    I’m writing this letter to express my concern for my friend, Christine Davidson, who is fighting for her rights to see her son, John Davidson, who she hasn’t seen in over seven months. She is also fighting with the state of Massachusetts which has recently taken guardianship of John.

    John has been moved from one facility to another resident care home and he cries that he wants to go back home to live with his mother, Christine.

    Christine recently told me that he is now a guardian of the state of Massachusetts and that she has lost all her legal rights as a parent. The state has unfounded reasons to believe that Cristine is an unfit mother who can’t care for John at home.

    I have been a best friend of Christine for the 72 years that I’ve been alive. We grew up together, were in each other’s weddings, and keep in contact frequently.

    Christine knew when she gave birth to John that taking care of a Downs Syndrome child would be a lifelong challenge and a blessing in disguise. She and her husband at the time, Dan Davidson, took the opportunity to make a great life for John.

    Af’ter her divorce from Dan she continued to show her fortitude, strength, a caring nature, and love of God, to give John all of her time.

    She forfeited her own goals and lived every moment to raising a happy child as a single parent.

    Having a child that has issues from birth made her accept an even harder challenge alone.

    Christine has used her coping skills to make sure that he went to doctors that were the best for his care. She has had to fight for John’s rights in each case that demanded her attention.

    Christine has some health issues but don’t most 72 year olds, including myself?

    She is working on healing herself physically, mentally and emotionally. She is a very religious person and asks for prayers from all her family and friends to help her in such a stressful time in her life.

    She is willing to put in a chair lift and hire people who can help her with the daily care that John needs.

    She is such an advocate for her son and will fight for her right to have him live back at home. John also wants to go back home.

    She needs an Ombudsman to advocate for her as a mediator and, in fairness, help make a decision of where John should be placed to make everyone’s life happier.

    A lawyer will be representing her case on 6/22/ 2020 and hopefully a decision will be made for what is best for John’s future care.

    Rosemary Zahner
    Sarasota, Fl 34241

    After reading this, even though it was written a while ago, one can see that she is a wonderful advocate and fighter for her son to return back home.

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    • January 5, 2022 at 8:23 am

      Will someone please please give us an update on this matter ie has she filed an appeal and comments by her attorney on the next actions to be taken THANKS


      • January 5, 2022 at 9:17 am

        As the post notes, Christine did file an appeal with the DPPC. COFAR is continuing to advocate on Christine’s behalf to lift the visitation restrictions and get her son home.

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      • January 5, 2022 at 9:30 am

        Thanks Dave Is there anything that can or should be done to support and maybe expand her effort?


      • January 5, 2022 at 9:33 am

        Thanks, will let you know.


  12. Laura Curtis
    January 4, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    I work with people with developmental disabilities.
    It seems to me that these charges are completely unfounded.
    If anything, the state should be investigating the group home for procedural errors and possibly neglect.

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  13. Marie Bennett
    January 5, 2022 at 1:52 pm

    I have known Christine and John for about 18 years and I am appalled at way they have been treated.
    Let us not forget we live in a free country and if John wants to live with his mother he should be able to do so !

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  14. Sherryl
    January 5, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    As a close friend of the family for over 20 years, I know Christine is a kind, loving, wonderful mom and has devoted her life to John and always advocated for his best health and welfare. This horror show apparently happens to other mothers too who need respite help and end up in a snake pit. The group home should be charged with abuse and neglect. They were responsible for John slipping on the ice and breaking his leg to begin with. And then stuck him in a mental hospital? What!?! Something needs to be done about this cruel and heinous treatment of both John and Christine, who is an absolute angel to John and a caring, dear, best friend.

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  15. Fatima
    January 5, 2022 at 8:21 pm

    Difficult to even make a comment. You’re such a great mother and I have no doubt you have always done everything in his best interest. It’s so sad to see you guys apart and know that both of you are suffering. My heart goes out to you. I hope you’re able to be together soon.

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  16. Cathy L Walker
    January 6, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    I’ve been a neighbor of Christine’s for 5 years, and find it extremely frustrating that she (and John) has had to deal with all of this.
    I’ve only ever seen evidence of a caring and committed mother, and I’ve seen John happy and functional when living at home (going to work, regularly, etc.).
    It is such a shame to hear of his decline while living in state care, and its difficult to understand why care at home is being rejected.
    I know John has expressed a repeated desire to return home as well. It certainly doesn’t help his spirits to have his wishes ignored, especially around the holiday season. It has been very hard on both of them, and a better and more reasonable solution needs to be found.

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  17. January 6, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    When the DDS Investigations Unit confirms abuse of an individual at the hands of the corporate agency providers, the DPPC’s answer is “training.” Too bad they aren’t as tough on an airtight case of provider abuse.

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  18. Barrie Brian
    January 6, 2022 at 8:45 pm

    This is my friend Christine with her beautiful son John. She is the most loving caring mom you have ever met. They have always been a team and now she’s fighting the state for guardianship. This is a Travestry.

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  19. Anonymous
    January 7, 2022 at 9:04 am

    I just don’t know what to say. How can this happen? Johnny is the love of Christine’s life. No one should have to live this nightmare, and who suffers ? Johnny..I believe letters should flood the state department, and this should be a priority, time is of the essence.!

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  20. itanzman
    January 8, 2022 at 7:12 pm

    I would love to interview Christine for my YouTube channel. Christine, if you are reading this & you are interested, please contact me via my website: https://irenetanzman.com/contact-me/

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  21. Anonymous
    January 15, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    I know Christine and am sure she is a dedicated mother who has looked out for John all his life. The suffering being endured by John and Christine because of this separation is enormous. Separating a mother and son like this should require extensive interviewing of persons that know the mother and son under oath, and the burden of proof should be very very high. Was that done? I doubt it.

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