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5 charged in death of disabled Missouri man found encased in concrete

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Five Fulton residents facing charges in the death of Carl DeBrodie (Credit: Callaway County Sheriff / Facebook) Five Fulton residents facing charges in the death of Carl DeBrodie (Credit: Callaway County Sheriff / Facebook)
Carl DeBrodie, 31, of Fulton, Missouri, was found dead on April 24, 2017 encased in concrete, months after he went missing. (Courtesy of the Fulton Police Department) Carl DeBrodie, 31, of Fulton, Missouri, was found dead on April 24, 2017 encased in concrete, months after he went missing. (Courtesy of the Fulton Police Department)

CALLAWAY COUNTY (KMOV.com/AP) – Five suspects are facing charges after a developmentally disabled Missouri man's body was found encased in concrete in 2017.

Carl DeBrodie’s body was found in April 2017 encased in concrete in a container inside a storage area months after he went missing.

Weeks ago, his mother, Carolyn Summers, filed a lawsuit alleging that DeBrodie was forced to fight another man for “amusement” of people who ran the private care home he lived in.

According to the lawsuit, DeBrodie and another resident of Second Chance Homes in Fulton were taken in October or November of 2016 to the home of two Second Chance employees, where they were forced to do manual labor, sleep on the basement floor and fight each other. That treatment occurred even though DeBrodie had suffered declining health, including broken ribs, for several months before the fights, Rudy Viet, an attorney for Summers, said Thursday.

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That night, DeBrodie was found screaming and convulsing on the basement floor. He was bleeding from his nose and mouth when he was placed in a bathtub with the shower running, but no emergency medical help was called before DeBrodie died, according to the lawsuit. The body was likely left in the bathtub for two or three days before it was hidden in the storage area, the lawsuit alleges.

Five suspects were taken into custody by the Fulton Police Department Tuesday morning in connection to DeBrodie's death.

DeBrodie was not reported missing until April 17, 2017 — the day the home’s owners were closing on the sale of Second Chance, Viet said. His body was found April 24. The body was so badly decomposed that investigators determined he had been dead for months.

Sherry K. Paulo, 53, and Anthony R. Flores, 58, were each indicted for felony client neglect, first-degree involuntary manslaughter, abandonment of a corpse and two counts of making a false report of a missing person. They were ordered to be held without bond.

Anthony R.K. Flores, 32 was indicted on two counts of making a false report of a missing person. His bond cash-only bond was set at $4,000.

Shaina A. Osborne, 29, and Mary K. Paulo, 34, were each charged with making a false report of a missing person. Osborne’s bond was set at $3,000 and Paulo’s was set at $2,000.

“As part of our ongoing cooperation and discussion with federal prosecutors, I have agreed not to pursue certain state criminal charges against these defendants, as well as other suspects in the investigation, to avoid interference with any federal criminal charges related to healthcare fraud that may be brought by the U.S. Department of Justice,” read a portion of the press release from Prosecuting Attorney Christopher D. Wilson.

The prosecuting attorney in Callaway County said he has asked the Missouri Attorney to serve as special prosecutor to review the investigation to avoid any conflict of interest. 

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