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Man flees center, drowns after supervision reduced

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The family of a 35-year-old man who drowned after escaping from a South Texas center for people with developmental disabilities says his death was preventable.

Sean Yates, who had been living at the Corpus Christi State Supported Living Center, had a history of escaping from the facility and thus had a staff member with him at all times.

Yates had a high functioning form of autism, Asperger's and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that nine days before he escaped in January, officials reduced his level of supervision.

Documents obtained by the newspaper show some center employees felt it was negligent to have reduced Yates' level of supervision.

Texas Department of Family and Protective Services investigators determined the center staff erred in reducing his supervision.

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