Family of Webster group home victim pleads for change

August 24, 2018 07:08 PM

A former group home worker pleaded guilty Friday morning to her part in the death of Heather Roselli.

Roselli died at a Webster group home last year on Father's Day.

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Sarah Dilallo pleaded guilty to manslaughter and endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.

Dilallo's plea brings an end to the court case involving Roselli's death, but her family says this is only the beginning of a fight to make changes at group homes.

Roselli got into a fight with two group home workers on Father’s Day last year when she couldn’t use the phone. 

"Once we get through all of this, hopefully we can advocate for some changes," said Vincent Roselli, the victim's brother. "We need to start regulating training in group homes. We need to start holding people accountable."

Roselli's family members admit she could be difficult, but say group home staff should be trained to deal with difficult clients and that training should be ongoing.

"She had issues, like they all do," said Roselli's mother, Holly Parks. "Most of the time you talk them down. You could talk her down. She would be pretty good."

The family wants to see cameras in common areas of group homes so the video can be presented in court when incidents happen.

Keith Parks, Roselli's stepfather: "We also need to advocate for a high level like an aggravated homicide for incompetent or elderly and get more jail time...mandatory."

Dilallo is facing a maximum of three years behind bars. The other worker charged in this case, Sandra Abdo, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and faces five years probation. Judge Alex Renzi will sentence them both Oct. 31. 


Lynette Adams

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