Death at Richmond State School results in two criminal charges
By LeaAnne Klentzman
The case began on Oct. 8, 2010 when Living Center resident David Taylor, 28, died from injuries he sustained received during the early morning hours of October 8. According to sheriff’s spokesperson Bob Haenel, Rivers Renard Glover Jr., 25, of Houston and Amara Uloaku Oparanozie, 41, of Richmond were both involved in the incident that took Taylor’s life. Further, both have recently been indicted by the Fort Bend Grand Jury.
According to Haenel, “Glover was a member of the direct care staff at the unit in which Taylor lived. He (Glover) was directly responsible for Taylor’s care. “Glover has been accused of striking Taylor’s abdomen with an unknown object shortly after 12:30 a.m. Haenel went on to say, “Glover said he found Taylor unresponsive and not breathing at 5 a.m.” As the investigation unfolded, Detectives learned that Oparanozie, the nurse on duty, was responsible for checking Taylor’s vitals at 12:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m. When questioned about Taylor’s vital signs at the two prescribed times, Oparanozie reportedly told investigators, “Taylor’s vital signs were in order at both times,” said Haenel. However, he explained, autopsy results indicated that Taylor died from blunt force trauma to his abdomen, so the vital signs taken at 4:30 could not have been “in order.”
Glover and Oparanozie have both been charged with injury to a disabled person. Glover’s charge accuses him of injury with intent and Oparanozie‘s charge alleges injury with criminal negligence.
Both were booked into the Fort Bend County Jail.
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