Staff Ran Fight Club for Dementia Patients at North Carolina Assisted Living Facility

A particularly disturbing story came out of Winston Salem, North Carolina last month.  Three North Carolina assisted living employees were arrested for encouraging patients to get into fights for their own entertainment, according to a report from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

North Carolina authorities were able to obtain at least one video of the fights taken by the employees after it was shared on social media, which showed “one resident being strangled with her face turning red.”  The report says staff members can be heard on video saying, “Punch her in the face.”  A staff member can also be heard saying, “Are you recording? You gonna send it to me?”

The three employees, Marilyn Latish McKey, 32, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 20, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 26, were all arrested and charged with assault on an individual with a disability.  After their arrests, the employees told authorities that they let the fight happen because one of the residents “always caused problems.”

As attorneys who specialize in nursing home abuse cases, we, unfortunately, often see employees in nursing homes or assisted living facilities that are not adequately trained, or the facility has not performed a thorough background check to ensure quality care for residents. Because nursing home residents are, more often than not, highly vulnerable and unable to advocate for themselves, it is critical that nursing homes and assisted facility owners take the proper steps to ensure they are employing well trained qualified nurses and staff.  When these facilities choose profits over the care of their residents, the results can be catastrophic.

If a loved one has suffered abuse in a nursing home or assisted living facility, our Nursing Home Negligence and Abuse Lawyers are here to help. Suthers & Harper has been fighting for victims of abuse and neglect in nursing homes for nearly three decades.  Contact us now online or toll-free at 1-800-320-2384 for a free consultation.

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