A former caregiver turned herself in to the Tarrant County Jail Wednesday night in connection to the death of a developmentally disabled man that occurred on July 25 in Arlington.
According to a press release from Arlington PD, Debra King, 53, is facing a felony charge of injury to a disabled person after 29-year-old Terrance Sanders was found dead in the backseat of an SUV.
Policespokeswoman Tiara Richard says King was responsible for the care of Sanders, a group home member at Cherry Tree Residential Services, the day he died.
Richard said around 9 a.m. on July 25, the people living at the group home were driven to an off-site location for the day, then the SUV was returned to the home. For an unknown reason, Sanders was not dropped off and remained in the vehicle.
Sanders was left in the SUV, parked in a driveway near the 6500 block of Eldorado Dr. in Arlington.
When a second employee got into the vehicle to pick the home's residents up at 3 p.m., he found Sanders, who was pronounced dead at 3:17 p.m.
After turning herself in to the Tarrant County Jail, King did a walk-through with her attorney and was released in lieu of a $25,000 bail.
Richard explained to News 8 that a "walk-through" is when an attorney coordinates the visit to the jail. She said it is a relatively quick process of paying bail and being released.
In a previous interview, the CEO of Cherry Tree Residential Services, who asked to not be named, said Sanders was like a member of the family. She said the caregiver who left Sanders in the car in an Arlington driveway had worked in the home for about a year-and-a-half. The caregiver was fired.
Richard could not confirm if King was the fired employee the CEO was referring to, but said she was the only caregiver questioned during the investigation.
At this time, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner has not released a cause of death.