Crime Calif. Teen with Autism Died After Being Restrained for More than an Hour, 3 School Employees Indicted The Guiding Hands School in El Dorado Hills was shut down a week after Max Benson's death By Chris Harris Chris Harris Twitter Chris Harris has been a senior true crime reporter for PEOPLE since late 2015. An award-winning journalist who has worked for Rolling Stone and MTV News, Chris enjoys prog rock, cycling, Marvel movies, IPAs, and roller coasters. People Editorial Guidelines Published on July 25, 2022 01:37 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Last week, a grand jury indicted a defunct California school for students with special needs, along with three of its former employees, on charges related to the 2018 death of a 13-year-old boy with autism. A spokeswoman for the El Dorado County District Attorney's Office confirms that the Guiding Hands School, Inc., as a corporation, was indicted July 15 on a single count of involuntary manslaughter stemming from an incident that left Max Benson dead. Three people who were working at the school at the time Max died have also been indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges. The three individual defendants — Cindy Keller, the El Dorado Hills-based school's onetime executive director; Starrane Meyers, its former principal; and Kimberly Wohlwend, a special education teacher — are alleged to have restrained Max after he'd became violent. The individual defendants have entered not guilty pleas. PEOPLE was unable identify an attorney for the school. The indictment comes nearly three years after the school and the three women were criminally charged with a felony count of involuntary manslaughter. All three women entered not guilty pleas following their arrests in November 2019. Boy with Autism Dies After Being Restrained at School, and 3 Employees Are Charged with Manslaughter Investigators have alleged that Max had his face pressed against the floor for an hour while being restrained at the school on Nov. 28, 2018. Max died two days later. While he was restrained, investigators allege that Max become unresponsive. A teacher at the school performed CPR, reviving him, and he was rushed to UC Davis Medical Center. Guiding Hands School, Inc., was a privately operated, publicly funded school specializing in providing educational services for students with needs so exceptional they cannot be met in a public school setting. Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Sign up for PEOPLE's free True Crime newsletter for breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases. Approximately a week after Max's death, the California Department of Education suspended the certification of Guiding Hands School, Inc., and the school was subsequently closed. The school had been operational for more than 25 years. Today, there is a new school that opened up at the same location. All of the defendants are scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 2 for a pre-trial hearing.