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HRS pulls license of home for retarded

State officials have decided not to allow a Tampa woman to continue caring for mentally retarded adults in her home after a man was beaten there last month. Officials with the state Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services (HRS) revoked Emma Shiver's license this week, 10 days after one of her boarders, a 43-year-old mentally retarded man, was severely beaten by Shiver's boyfriend.

HRS spokesman Tom Jones said the agency decided to revoke Shiver's license for her home at 2206 N Boulevard after learning that neighbors had called police on several occasions before the attack about disturbances at her home in the past. He said the police calls never were reported to HRS officials.

"We got quite concerned with that," Jones said.

The disturbances, combined with the fact that Shiver never told HRS that her boyfriend, Franklin Williams, was living with her, spurred HRS to remove the license, Jones said.

Shiver's licensing file indicates she was supposed to report "any changes in her household."

Jack Scott, 43, sustained broken bones and bruises in the May 29 beating. He and another adult mentally retarded woman in Shiver's home have been placed in other homes, Jones said. Both had lived with Shiver for nearly a decade, according to records.

Williams was charged with aggravated battery. He was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail late Wednesday.

Shiver's home was rated as satisfactory in its most recent evaluation. However, inspectors noted that "housekeeping standards had declined in the past year," and that she sometimes fails to report changes in her wards' behavior in a timely manner.

After that inspection, officials removed one mentally retarded adult from Shiver's home and permanently reduced the home's capacity.

Jones said Shiver may appeal the revocation of her license by requesting a hearing. So far, he said, there is no indication that she will.

Shiver could not be reached for comment.