Our child abuse lawyers have recently been retained by several parents to investigate and file civil claims to obtain justice for child abuse endured at Cumberland Hospital For Children and Adolescents, also known as, Cumberland Academy, in Kent, VA.
Our team has begun an investigation and are here to help parents get to the truth of what happened. Our goal is to hold those responsible accountable, and ensure this never happens to another child again.
Contact us if:
- You believe your child was abused and want to know your options;
- You are an employee/ex-employee and would like to report abuse or what you witnessed;
- You have information you believe is important to our investigation.
If you are ready to get justice, we are here to hold your hand through the criminal proceeding, and ensure you are aware of all your rights regarding a civil lawsuit for child abuse against Cumberland Hospital and all those that enabled it.
We have heard the horror stories. It is time to end this and get justice for all.
Meet The Attorneys
Brian Kent | Kevin Biniazan | Laurence Banville
Cumberland Abuse Lawsuit Update
Last Updated: 3/10/2020:
On 3/9/2020 we hosted a webinar with the Facebook Group outlining the options that families have against Cumberland and those responsible for child neglect, sexual abuse, and physical abuse. There was an extended Q&A session.
On 3/9/2020 our private investigator attended the criminal proceeding for Harden.
Cumberland Hospital Complaints: A History Of Alleged Child Abuse
While our investigation is in its infancy, we are deep in research and investigation of the facility where we are looking at the history of alleged abuse. Our research currently reveals that Cumberland Hospital has been cited several times by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and has been the subject of investigation by a myriad of entities including the media.
Below are some incidents where CMS cited Cumberland:
- 9/16/2011: Cited for failing to ensure adequate nursing staff at the facility
- 9/16/2011: Cited for a disregarded ‘Time Toileting’ plan resulting in boy experiencing 144 incidents of bladder & bowel incontinence
- 10/27/2011: Cited for not having physician orders to restrain patients in 32 restraint/seclusion incidents
- 10/18/2012: Citation of pharmacy for use of expired medications
- 10/18/2012: Cited for deficiencies in providing wound care
Cumberland Hospital Abuse Reported
There have been several instances where child abuse has been reported publicly in the media. The first report we found is from an article by the Los Angeles Times on November 23, 2008. The article covers what happened to Crystal Marshall in July of 2006 at the facility. She was to be returned to her foster parents in the coming days, however tragically she experienced a seizure and medical episode caused by a rare blood disorder. The article details the tragic delay Cumberland’s doctor enacted by questioning whether the seizure was fake. Over an hour passed before paramedics were called and they were told to make sure it was a “non-emergency”, according to the reporting. Unfortunately, she passed away. A subsequent investigation shed light on the failures in providing health care for cardiac and neurological issues, and Cumberland received a citation for neglecting to get this patient proper routine and emergency care.
How To Report Child Abuse and Sexual Assault At Cumberland Hospital in Kent, VA
First and foremost if your child is currently at Cumberland and you believe they are in danger, please contact authorities and do all you can to remove your child to a safe location.
From speaking with a lot of parents, we know how overwhelming the reporting process can be. There are so many agencies, law enforcement, medical boards etc…, it can be challenging to know where to start.
We are here to help.
Call us and we would be happy to guide you to the appropriate parties so that you can report child abuse or sexual assault at Cumberland Hospital.
Cumberland Hospital Investigation: Several Pending Investigations
At the moment, Cumberland Hospital is undergoing several investigations. Some of these investigations may be pending and this list may not include all investigations:
- Investigation by Laffey Bucci Kent and Breit Cantor – our attorneys representing certain families who allege their children were abuse at Cumberland
- Investigation by Virginia Department of Health
- Investigation by Virginia State Police
- CBS 6 Investigation
- Investigations related to the pending criminal case of “Mickey” Harden by the Virginia Attorney General’s office.
We will update this list as we learn more information.
Cumberland Hospital Virginia Reviews: A Diary Of Bad Experiences
As part of our typical review of a case, we always look at the various rating platforms to see what complaints exist.
In reviewing Cumberland Hospital Virginia’s listing on Google Maps, we saw 112 Google Reviews as of 3/10/2020 with an average rating of 2.9 out of 5 stars.
Some of the more recent reviews are left by employees, which are technically reviews against the terms of service of Google, that is unless they actually used the services of the hospital. Upon reading those reviews, it appears they personally did not use the services of Cumberland Hospital.
We saw several reviews that outlined a diary of bad experiences. These bad reviews came from former patients, former counselors, former housekeepers, and former parents/guardians.
On Glass Door, a platform for former employees to review the business, we saw a 2.5 star rating out of 5 based on 20 reviews as of 3/10/2020.
Yelp contains 5 reviews for a rating of 1 star out of 5. Reviews here reference sexual and physical abuse at the hospital.
Lawyers Investigating Cumberland Academy For Child Abuse, Sexual Assault and Gross Neglect
When our lawyers first learned of the horrific physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect from speaking with parents of children who had brief stays at Cumberland, we were horrified and angry.
Our legal team comprises a coalition of experienced attorneys who have dedicated their legal practice to representing survivors of abuse, both physical and sexual.
We have handled and currently handle several similar cases. Here is a list of some matters we are currently handling:
- Physical abuse and claims on behalf of parents, and children who attended a boarding school run by the Seventh Day Adventists
- Physical abuse claims at a daycare in Virginia
- Sexual abuse claims at a daycare in New Jersey
- Doctor-patient sexual abuse claims at medical facilities in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey
We are currently representing families from Cumberland in their cases which involve: physical abuse, neglect, medical malpractice, and sexual abuse at Cumberland Hospital.
The three firms that have combined to take on this case are Breit Cantor (Virginia), Laffey Bucci & Kent (Philadelphia, PA), and Justice Guardians (Philadelphia, PA).
Kevin Biniazan – Breit Cantor
Kevin leads Breit Cantor’s practice group focused on representing survivors of sexual abuse. Kevin and his firm, Breit Cantor, actively represent sexual abuse survivors against a wide range of organizations including residential adolescent care centers, schools, and churches.
Brian Kent – Laffey Bucci & Kent
Brian has dedicated his practice to helping survivors of physical and sexual abuse get justice. Brian was a former prosecutor in the Sex Crimes Unit of the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office and he leads a team of former prosecutors at his firm Laffey Bucci & Kent. Brian works on cases nationally.
Laurence Banville – Justice Guardians
Laurence is the lead attorney at Justice Guardians and has worked with Laffey Bucci & Kent on several child abuse and sexual abuse cases over the last five years. Mr. Banville’s role typically involves research and media management.
We Can Help You File A Cumberland Abuse Lawsuit
If you and your family believe that a civil lawsuit is going to help you recover and get justice, then we are here for you.
We are already filing civil lawsuits on behalf of our clients in this case. We are fully committed to getting justice for our clients in this case.
If you would like information on getting started, then give us a call. You will speak with the attorneys working directly on the case, and we can advise you as to your options.
The ball is always in your court. You are in control. We will stand with you all the way.
Give us a call and we can help you understand your options, and should you wish to file a Cumberland abuse lawsuit, we will do what needs to be done to get justice.
Cumberland Hospital Criminal Investigation Updates
- 3/9/2020: A criminal hearing was held on Herschel “Mickey” Harden whereby both sides gave the judge their estimated times to complete the trial. The defense believes they will need 2 days to offer their defense, and the prosecution believes it will require 1 day to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Harden is guilty of what he is charged.
Have You Joined The Facebook Support Group?
Several parents and guardians of children who were abused at Cumberland and former patients from Cumberland Hospital have created a support group on Facebook to support each other and share stories. This group has grown very strong since the news coverage about what happened at Cumberland Hospital has exploded.
To join the Facebook Group, click on this link and apply to the admins to join: https://www.facebook.com/groups/508074676387878/
Cumberland Hospital In The News
February 21, 2020 – In what our attorneys called a positive development, WTVR reported that Cumberland Hospital for Children and Adolescents, voluntarily suspended new admissions on February 5, 2020. This was confirmed by the Virginia Department of Health.
March 17, 2018 – New York Daily News reported on March 17, 2018 that New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services signed a no-bid contract worth $4.1 million with the then owner of Cumberland Hospital, Universal Health Services to send foster children with serious medical needs to what they called the “controversial for-profit psyciatric hospital in Virginia that’s under federal investigation for allegedly holding patients longer than necessary to collect more money.”