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Brownsville Police Release Details on Teen’s Death

4 years 2 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, April 04 2017 Apr 4, 2017 April 04, 2017 5:52 PM April 04, 2017 in News

BROWNSVILLE – A worker for a home and community services company is facing manslaughter charges after a 15-year-old boy died under his care.

Police responded to a call Saturday at the home on the 1400 block of Jane Lane in Brownsville.

Brownsville Police spokesman J.J. Trevino said officers found the teen in a room unresponsive when they arrived. The 15-year-old was later pronounced dead.

According to authorities, 33-year-old Marcial Troncoso got on top of the boy to restrain him with his body weight.

Police said he was charged with manslaughter since his actions were found to be reckless and possibly led to the teen’s death.

“It was obviously to where the victims ceased to breathe,” Trevino said.

Troncoso is an employee for Serenity HCS. CHANNEL 5 NEWS visited the center, but they would not comment on the case.

We also reached out to the Texas Department of Aging and Disability, agency that regulates the company, to find out more about the center.

DADS assistant press officer Kelli Weldon replied in the following statement, which reads in part:

Serenity HCS has been under contract since 2013 to provide services to people with intellectual disabilities that are living with family, in their own home or in small group homes.

Weldon added the center is currently providing services to 46 people in the home and community-services programs.

An autopsy has been ordered.

Police said the case remains under investigation. 

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