Hidden Camera Catches Nursing Home Worker Abusing Paralyzed Stroke Patient


First-degree felony abuse charges have been filed against a nurses aide at Castle Pines Retirement Home in Lufkin, TX.  The aide identified as Johnetta Dashaw Phillips, was responsible for caring for a patient who was left paralyzed from a stroke and suffers from dementia.

Despite earlier complaints of abuse by the patient’s husband to administrators at Castle Pines, the facility claimed it was unable to take any action because the disabled wife was unable to identify her abuser.

Consequently, the husband set up a hidden video camera in his wife’s room.  The camera recorded two incidents of abuse:

  • In June, the video revealed Phillips striking the woman three times to get her out of her wheelchair and then throwing her into her bed
  • In July, the video revealed Phillips using a doll to hit the wife in the chest

Even when confronted with the video, Phillips claimed she was acting in self-defense.  Currently, Phillips is in the Angelina County Jail, unable to satisfy the $100,000 bail.

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