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December 16, 2008

Elder Abuse: Nursing Home Workers Accused of Abuse Face No Charges (Delaware, USA)

Bissell workers accused of abuse face no charges
Three fired, two on suspension
BY TERRI SANGINITI
THE NEWS JOURNAL
DECEMBER 13, 2008

No criminal charges will be filed against several caregivers whose abuse of an elderly patient at the state-run Emily P. Bissell Hospital was captured on a surveillance camera, according to the Delaware Attorney General's Office.

The agency is declining to prosecute even though investigations by the hospital and the state's Division of Long Term Care Resident Protection substantiated the allegations, said Jason Miller, an attorney general spokesman.

He did not elaborate on the reasons for not prosecuting.

The case is one of the 14,255 complaints handled by the Division of Long Term Care this year already, said Jay Lynch, spokesman for the state Department of Health and Social Services.
Of that number, 3,327 were investigated for abuse, neglect, mistreatment and financial exploitation, and 1,707 cases were substantiated.

Abridged
SOURCE: The News Journal
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Something is amissed. The figures are there for all to see; elder abuse is on the increase.
This case is puzzling and disturbing' in that no reasons were given for the decision not to charge the alleged abusers.
The fact that recorded or documented evidence did not seem to make any difference to getting justice. This is NOT very encouraging for potential reporters of elder abuse!

For more on this case go to Delaware Online
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