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April 7, 2011

Woman, 78, Beaten, Stripped by Assisted-Living Workers (USA)


Woman, 78, Beaten, Stripped by Assisted-Living Workers: Police
Employee caught on hidden camera punching, kicking and stripping Alzheimer’s patient, police say
Apr 6, 2011
By Teresa Masterson
Police arrested an employee at a Delaware County assisted-living community after she punched, kicked and stripped a 78-year-old dementia patient, authorities say.
Samirah Traynnham, 22, was arrested on charges of aggravated assault, simple assault, criminal conspiracy, neglect and endangerment, police say.
Police are on the hunt for two others in the alleged elder abuse.
The family of the 78-year-old woman who was allegedly beaten had suspicions that the dementia patient was being abused and brought their complaints the management at Sunrise Senior Living in the Quadrangle community in Haverford, who dismissed them, according to the district attorney.
With no help from management, the family then set up a motion-activated hidden camera in the 78-year-old's room in the community at 3300 Darby Road, the district attorney says.
The hidden camera captured Traynnham and two other employees violently shaking, kicking and punching the elderly woman. On one occasion captured on video, Traynnham tried to pull a ring off of the woman’s finger, authorities say.
The 12-minute video that was captured in late March also shows the woman's shirt being ripped off of her and as the 78-year-old is naked from the waist down, the victim tries to covers herself up and leave the room.
Investigators say that if the family hadn't installed the camera, the abuse could have continued.
Traynnham admitted to police that she hit the woman, but said that she did not "purposely" strike or shove the victim, police say.
Traynnham is being held, as she could not post bail.





SOURCE:     NBC Philadelphia
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