An arrest has been made following the investigation into the March 30 death of 46 year old Todd Clementz, a resident of the Warren G. Murray Developmental Center in Centralia.
25 year old Christopher M. Duguay, an employee of the Murray Center, has been arrested and charged with two felony counts of alleged Criminal Neglect of a Long Term Care Facility Resident.
The indictment was made by a grand jury which was convened after Clementz’s death was ruled a homicide last month. Testimony presented to a coroner’s jury in mid-November revealed that Duguay was allegedly giving Clementz a “punishment shower” when Clementz – who is deaf and blind – began to choke, coughed up food particles, and died.
At the time of his death, an autopsy was declined by Clementz’s legal guardian and the cause of death was listed as natural causes. During the course of a mortality review, staff became concerned about discrepancies among the statements of those responsible for Clementz’s care. The Illinois Department of Human Services Office of the Inspector General was called in to conduct an investigation and subsequently referred the matter to the state police.
Christopher Duguay’s bail was set at $25,000. According to the Clinton County State’s Attorney’s office, Duguay was arrested and posted bail Thursday in Madison County.
Clinton County State’s Attorney John Hudspeth says the investigation into the case is ongoing and asks anyone with information pertaining to the case to call the Illinois State Police at 346-3502.