A state review board is recommending officials of an Ogden group home be sanctioned after a teenage boy drowned this summer while in their care.
Adam Delgado Jr., 15, of Midvale, died July 7 on a Jefferson Home outing to the Weber River near Riverdale.The report by the Department of Human Services released Thursday said an approved outing to Pineview reservoir that day was canceled after staff members failed to get a check to pay the entrance fee. Instead, without permission from the group home supervisors, staff employees took the 11 kids to the river when it was running high.
Delgado jumped into the river after another teenager did, but Delgado never resurfaced and was swept downstream. His body was found the next day.
Several staff members were fired after the drowning, the report said, and after a review, the state board recommended the administrative staff of the home be sanctioned.
The Division of Youth Corrections is now placing the home's program on licensing restrictions, demanding the home submit a plan of corrective action that addresses the hiring process, training for staff members and policies for outings.
The division also reduced the number of children the home can have under its care to eight.
The board's findings said the staff members made an "extremely poor" decision to allow the boys to swim in the river in an activity not approved by Youth Family Center Services, the for-profit company that contracts with the state to house young juvenile offenders.