Owner of Assisted Living Facility Charged With Abuse After Tying Feces to Patient's Neck

A jury trial will soon be underway for a woman accused of abusing elderly patients at an assisted living facility. The 69-year-old woman was indicted last fall on felony charges of causing intentional injury to an elderly person. The trial is expected to take place over the course of next week.

The charges were filed after the facility was shut down by the state on April 11, 2011, on allegations of patient abuse and neglect. The woman owned the assisted living facility an an adult day care which was also shut down last year. In May of 2011, a facility employee discovered two residents in the bathroom with plastic bags filled with feces and urine tied around their necks. The employee removed the bags and took pictures of red marks on the patient’s necks where the bags were placed. The employee was told by the owner that the patients "needed to learn not to soil themselves." The woman pleaded not guilty in December. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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