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Mother, state senator call for investigation of former CVTC resident's death

Mother, state senator call for investigation of former CVTC resident's death (WSET)

AMHERST Co., Va. (WSET) -- Martha Bryant had some serious concerns when her twin sons, Tyler and Taylor, 23, were forcibly moved out of the Central Virginia Training Center. They had lived at the facility for severely disabled residents since they were three years old.

"I thought it violated state and federal law, that we had a right to choose training center care and that they had expedited the time frame," said Bryant.

The brothers were relocated to the Hiram Davis Medical Center in Petersburg on January 17, and now, her worst nightmare has come true.

Tyler was placed in hospice after after two recent emergency room visits. He passed away March 16 at Chippenham Hospital in Richmond.

"It's always a shock to get that call," said Bryant, who broke the news to her oldest son and other family members. "I just went in my Mickey Mouse pajamas to my son's house and just knocked on the door, and he must have seen my face and just gave me a big hug."

State Senator Steve Newman fought alongside Bryant and others to keep the training center open for years.

"We've sent just a few people to Hiram Davis, and already we've had two precious Virginians that have passed away," said Newman.

Officials have said limited staffing and an agreement with the U.S. Dept. of Justice played a role in the decision to close the facility within the next three years.

"I've asked the state already to start looking at an investigation to what happened. Let's find our what happened and make sure that this never happens again," Newman said.

"I support Senator Newman's call for an investigation and preservation of the records to get Taylor out before harm happens to him," said Bryant, who also thanked the community for their continued support.

Tyler's funeral is scheduled for Monday, March 20, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church in Amherst.

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