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Florida leads nation in disabled Americans ‘murdered’ by family, caregivers; media coverage ‘killer centered’

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A recent study carried out by an organization advocating for the rights of disabled people found that Florida was at the top of a list over a four-year period in which 21 mentally- or physically-challenged persons died as a result of their caregivers’ neglect or malice. One of the reasons Florida led the nation was because of its Sunshine Law, said Kristina Kopić, who spoke by telephone Friday from Newtown, Massachusetts. She was one of the contributing authors of the…

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