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Texas Accused of Ignoring Mentally Disabled in Nursing Homes

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by Betsy Blaney, Associated Press

It took more than 40 years for Leonard Barefield to finally get to choose where he lived.

The intellectually-disabled Texas native moved to a group home in Lubbock in September after he had first lived in near slavery conditions for more than three decades in a squalid house in Iowa and worked at a turkey processing plant there for 41 cents an hour. After being freed by social workers from that situation, he was sent in 2008 to a nursing home in Midland, Texas.

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