Died: January 22, 2017.
Age at death: 36.
Cause of death: Under investigation (fell from window).
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA.
Tanya had Smith Magenis Syndrome, and lived in a group home for people with developmental disabilities. She communicated in single words.
Tanya was found dead after a fall from her second-story bedroom window. Group home staff and police say it was an accident, but her family are questioning that story. Tanya had cataracts, which severely impaired her vision, and would have had a hard time even finding the window latch, let alone climbing out and falling down. Weeks before her death, her family had seen her with a black eye. She had obviously been punched, but staff never told her family what happened. An ex-staff member who worked at the group home reports that Tanya was mistreated there.
Tanya's death is still under investigation.
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