Staff, residents ‘healing well’ following incident last week at Cove House in Glocester


GLOCESTER – The five individuals injured last week during an incident at Cove House Adult Residential Facility in Glocester are, “healing well,” according to officials at parent facility the Groden Center in Providence.

The update follows news last week that a resident at the facility at 5 Harmony Hill Road had become violent with other residents and a staff member. Police received a 911 call from the home around 7:20 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2 reporting an assault in progress. At the scene, officers found a female counselor outside the facility with visible injuries in need of medical attention.

“Police were advised that an adult male that resides at the facility had become physical with the staff and other residents,” noted a release last week from Capt. Matthew Fague.

Both the staff member and a 53-year-old male resident were transported by rescue to Rhode Island Hospital with injuries. A second resident who had also been injured was transported to Fatima Hospital, another resident was evaluated at the scene.

The 40-year-old man involved in the assault was reportedly taken into protective custody and brought for medical evaluation. EMS personnel from Harmony, Chepachet, West Glocester, Smithfield and Oakland Mapleville Fire Departments assisted at the scene and with transports.

Police noted that here had been some misinformation circulating regarding the incident, pointing out that contrary to reports, it did not occur at a school, and, “there were not nine people injured.”

The home is managed by the Groden Center, and treats adults 21 and older who are assessed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities.

“While we can’t release personal medical information, I can tell you everyone is healing well,” said Catherine Nassa, director of Marketing and Development for Groden.

Police did not immediately respond to a request for any updates on the case this week. The incident reportedly remains under investigation.

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