Mental Health Program Worker In Mashpee Charged With Assault

The Mashpee Police Department filed charges today in Falmouth District Court against a mental health worker who allegedly assaulted a severely developmentally disabled adult at a group home in town.

Daniel M. Costa, 26, of Dennis, has been charged with assault and battery on a mentally retarded person.

Mr. Costa, a program specialist for the May Institute, allegedly assaulted a 25-year old male at the home at 49 Wilann Road in Mashpee.

According to a police department news release, the assault was reported on May 20. The victim was taken to Cape Cod Hospital with a fractured kneecap, and scrapes and bruising to his arms, torso, and back.

According to the Town of Mashpee assessor's database, the home is not owned by the May Institute.

The May Institute is a national organization that provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs.

According to its website, the nonprofit offers adult behavioral healthcare on Cape Cod at locations in Harwichport, Hyannis, and Mashpee.

The phone went unanswered at the organization's Mashpee office this afternoon.

Julia Burgess, a spokeswoman based at May Institute headquarters in Randolph, said in a telephone interview this afternoon that additional information regarding the suspect and the residential facility would be issued as soon as it becomes available.

No information on the case was available at Falmouth District Court this afternoon. A court date has not yet been scheduled for Mr. Costa.

See this Friday’s edition of The Mashpee Enterprise for more coverage.

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