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Parents defend nonprofit despite auditor’s report

FREETOWN — When Jacqueline Ashley brought her developmentally disabled son to Crystal Springs, he was barely sleeping or eating. At age 5, he was hyperactive and too strong to dress without help from another adult.

Her son, Edward, known as Eddie, remains nonverbal today but calm and upbeat at age 36, a longtime resident at the Assonet facility, which Ashley credits with providing them both with a better life.

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