Parents Uncover Abuse of Autistic Child After Installing Hidden Camera in Nursing Home

A couple has captured abuse of their autistic son on camera after installing a hidden camera in the sons nursing home room.  Their son, 22-year-old, requires more assistance than his parents can provide due to his size and severe autism.

Within days of living in the nursing home, the family received a phone call from their son's dentist notifying them that their son  had a compound jaw fracture.  A caretaker at the facility blamed the injury on a fall. In the following months, the family documented bruises on their son’s ears and legs, as well as burns on his arm.

After state investigators were unable to prove an abuse had occurred, the young-man's parents secretly installed a hidden camera in his room. Within weeks, the family was watching footage of the caretaker beating their son with his fists and with a toy gun he had been given as a birthday present. The caretaker appeared in court last week to face a felony assault charge and he is no longer employed at the facility. 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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