INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — An Indianapolis woman is hoping to spread the word about compassion after police said her disabled brother was left in a van by his caretaker in Greenwood.
It happened in the parking lot of the Greenwood Park Mall on Oct. 16.
The sister of the 26-year-old man said her family was heartbroken after hearing about the incident.
Raneem Kayyali said she’s surprised by the allegations because the caretaker was always attentive and caring towards her brother.
Police arrested Christopher McCoy, 24, last week for three counts of neglect of a dependent.
ResCare suspended him without pay, but a spokesperson told 24-Hour News 8 on Thursday evening that he has been terminated.
“We have to forgive sometimes, you know?” said Kayyali.
Kayyali said her brother is severely disabled and has been staying at a group home for years. She said she has met the caretaker before and never had any problems with him.
“When I had met him my impression of him was he was really loving because I saw him taking care of my brother, feeding my brother, and changing his diaper,” said Kayyali.
But news of what happened in the parking lot of the Greenwood Park Mall has her wondering why.
According to a police report, a woman called police after seeing three people with disabilities left in a van.
Police said the caretaker approached the van with shopping bags. In the report, he told police he left for two hours. He said he was sorry and knew it was wrong.
“It was very heartbreaking. I’m going to be honest with you. It left me in tears,” said Kayyali.
Kayyali said she has since learned to forgive the caretaker and knows everyone makes mistake. She just hopes that the people will have more compassion for those with disabilities.
“I can’t always be there to see what goes on with my brother, but I do trust ResCare and I trust the caretakers,” said Kayyali. “Sometimes you just got to leave it to God and what I can’t be there to see or do I know God is there.”
The Johnson County Prosecutor’s Office said they are still reviewing the case.
24-Hour News 8 contacted Adult Protective Services for an update on the investigation, but we did not hear back.