Nursing Home Workers Arrested for Allegedly Running Elderly Fight Club Between Dementia Patients
Three North Carolina workers have been arrested for allegedly running a fight club among elderly people with dementia at an assisted living facility.
According to NBC, state officials say Marilyn McKey, Tonacia Tyson and Taneshia Jordan encouraged residents of the Danby House in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, to fight each other. Cops found out about this after receiving a tip. From there, investigators from Winston-Salem police and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services began looking into the center, where the three women worked.
One incident that happened back in June was mentioned to cops. Apparently “one resident [was] being strangled with her face turning red … while staff recorded and shared the video through social media,” a state Division of Health Service Regulation report found. Three women was heard telling an elderly resident with dementia who was fighting another resident to “punch her in the face.” Another staff member could be heard saying, “Are you recording?” and “You gonna send it to me?” the report said.
It was also noted that the women sometimes themselves became physically aggressive with the residents, the report said, with video showing one of them assaulting a resident while another filmed the incident.
As a result of this, the trio are now facing charges of assaulting an individual with a disability. McKey, Tyson and Jordan are scheduled to appear in court Nov. 14. It was not immediately clear if they have lawyers.
A spokesperson for Danby House, which is owned by Affinity Living Group, did share with NBC News on Tuesday that the three women were fired in June after the management learned of the allegations.
“Danby House has a zero-tolerance policy for the mistreatment of those in our care,” the facility said in a statement. “Administrators have been working closely with the Winston-Salem Police Department throughout its investigation to ensure justice is served. Additional staff training and a more rigorous vetting process for all new and existing employees at Danby House has been implemented.”
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