Florida group home employee charged after patient dies in his hot van

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Florida Down syndrome man dies in the backseat of his hot car as his caretaker slept off drugs overdose Joshua Russell, 26, has been charged with aggravated manslaughter over the death of disabled man John LaPointe, 35 Russell worked at a group home where LaPointe - who had Down Syndrome and was non-verbal - resided  On May 9, Russell took LaPointe to a doctor's appointment before he stopped off at his home and ingested two packages of Kratom, leaving LaPointe in his van Russell returned to his van and soon fell asleep, with LaPointe sweltering to death in the backseat  of the vehicle as temperatures reached 125 degrees 

By Dailymail.com Reporter

Published: 22:22 BST, 21 September 2019 | Updated: 22:29 BST, 21 September 2019

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A Florida group home employee has been arrested after a disabled man he was caring for died in the backseat of his hot van. 

Joshua Russell, 26, was charged with aggravated manslaughter on Friday over the death of John LaPointe in Seminole on May 9. 

According to police, Russell was employed at the Crossroads of Pinellas, where he looked after LaPointe - who had Down Syndrome. 

LaPointe was non-verbal, hearing impaired, and had the cognitive ability of a 1-year-old, authorities claim. 

On May 9, Russell took LaPointe to a doctor's appointment in his van, before deciding to stop at his own house while transporting LaPointe back to the group home. 

Joshua Russell (pictured) was charged with aggravated manslaughter on Friday over the death of John LaPointe in Seminole on May 9

John LaPointe (pictured) died while in the care of Joshua Russell

Joshua Russell (left) was charged with aggravated manslaughter on

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