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Caretaker arrested in developmentally disabled man’s death

Ben Garbooshian, 39, faces a second-degree murder charge after the death of a man with intellectual development disabilities who was in his care.

DENVER — A man faces a charge of second-degree murder after the death on Saturday of a man with intellectual development disabilities who was under his care, according to a probable cause (PC) statement from the Denver Police Department (DPD).

Ben Garbooshian, 39, was arrested after officers and firefighters responded to a call about 2 p.m. Saturday at his house in the 3200 block of South Utica Street for a report of an injured man, the PC statement says.

Inside the home, firefighters and paramedics found the unresponsive victim on the floor, and they noticed a possible head injury, the PC statement says.

The victim was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 5:29 p.m. Initial examinations showed he possibly died from head trauma, the PC statement says. Denver Office of the Medical Examiner will confirm the cause of death after an autopsy.

A witness reported that the Garbooshians are host-home providers who get government funds for allowing individuals with intellectual development disabilities to stay at their residence and providing them care, according to the PC statement.

The witness said the victim was a line of sight client, meaning they required constant visual supervision, the PC statement says.

The witness reported that the victim was agitated on the day of his death and used a beanbag chair to block the basement door at the top of the steps, where Garbooshian and the witness were, the PC statement says.

The witness said that Garbooshian went upstairs to talk to the victim and pushed the bean bag chair, which was in the victim’s hands. This knocked the victim backward about 5 feet, according to the PC statement.

The witness said the victim hit his head on a living room coach and the floor. That was when 911 was called, the PC statement says.

When asked to provide a statement, Garbooshian declined and requested an attorney, according to the PC statement.

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