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Holly Springs Group Home shut down after resident stabbed

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This article simply underscores the lack of supervision given to “group homes” for the mentally ill.  I’ve worked in several states and in each one, there is a noticeable lack of control over who can run and benefit from a group home as well as no oversight to how this business is run.

As a mental health nurse, I frequently see my patients discharged and sent to live in these group homes.  I’m never sure if this is a good thing or if it is a bad thing.  There is such a variation in care and monitoring at these group homes, so you just never know what to expect.

It is a shame that someone had to be stabbed at this facility before anyone took an interest in this situation.  But that is usually the case.


A Holly Springs state-regulated group home was shut down on Monday after a resident was stabbed at the home on Saturday afternoon.

According to Holly Springs Police, a resident of a state-regulated group home was taken to Wake Medical Center on Saturday afternoon after he was stabbed repeatedly with a screwdriver by another resident of the home.

The victim, who is 48, was listed in stable condition Saturday with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

The suspect, Gregory Henry McClain, 22, of 229 Apple Drupe Way, was charged with attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury. He was placed in Wake County jail under $1.5 million bond.

The stabbing was reported about 2:30 p.m. at 229 Apple Drupe Way, a single-family house in the Windcrest subdivision. Officers arrived within three minutes.

Holly Springs police have handled 17 calls for service involving 229 Apple Drupe Way since the group home opened there in December 2009. The calls included 911 hang-ups, missing person reports and suspicious activity, Police Capt. Mike Bornes said. Saturday’s incident apparently was the first involving an assault, officers said.

Police said the group home has state authority to house up to six residents. The home is regulated and falls under the jurisdiction of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, Bornes said.

The house is owned by Obinna Achumba of 6004 Ricker Road in Raleigh.

The Police Department has filed multiple complaints with the state Department of Health and Human Services contending inadequate supervision and management at the group home, police said.

Police Chief John Herring said Town Attorney John Schifano has been working with the department to gather information to support a court order to close the home. Herring said court papers could be filed as early as Monday.

When news of this stabbing broke, Holly Springs Town Council Member James Cobb immediately responded.

“I am sorry that this has happened in our town,” Cobb wrote in an e-mail to Andrews and members of the media. “If this home is a problem, then we need to have John Schifano make every effort to have it closed. This is not the impression that we need for our town.”

Schifano said in a responding e-mail that the town was taking steps to close the facility down.

“I will attempt to have a preliminary injuntion and temporary restraining order brought,” John Schifano wrote in an email shortly after news of the stabbing broke to the media. “I don’t like our chances because these things are protected under the law, but this house has been a complete strain on police resources since it has opened.”

On Monday officials with the North Carolina Department of Heath and Human Services shut the home down.

In a statement released by the agency, it said the facility placed a risk to the safety of its residents.

“In that conditions at VAGAP Health 2 present an imminent danger to the health, safety and welfare of the clients and that emergency action is required to protect the clients.”

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Here’s a link to a news video about this incident

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