I just did a double-take. Four nursing home employees charged with abusing residents at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Minnesota will soon be released from custody. The Minnesota Attorney General blames the the nursing home employees release on a lack of hard evidence and hearsay testimony.
Blog readers may recall these four ‘Minnesota girls gone wild’ from my earlier post. The charges stem from a report where the nursing home employees victimized residents suffer from dementia or related disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease. The report alleges the following incidents of physical abuse and neglect:
- spitting in mouths
- poking breasts and nipples
- putting fingers in mouths
- touching and tapping genitals
- sticking rear ends in faces
- rubbing buttocks
- rubbing penises
- touching perinea
- anal insertion
- holding residents down
- teasing residents
If convicted the nursing home employees could face charges of gross misdemeanor and felony.
The fact that this Attorney General remains unable to prosecute this incident involving nursing home abuse highlights similar problems encountered in civil lawsuits. As a victim of nursing home abuse, it is important to report the situation as quickly as possible to authorities so they may secure necessary statements and physical evidence. As this case demonstrates, many situations of nursing home abuse will go unprosecuted without necessary evidence.
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