NBC4i reported the guilty plea from Susan Gwynee for 46 different charges related to thefts from elderly residents at assisted living homes. Gwynne was originally charged with 101 different counts after residents at several nursing homes reported missing items from their homes. Gwynne pleaded guilty to 17 counts of burglary, 14 counts of theft and 15 counts of receiving stolen property.
Surveillance video, fingerprints and other evidence proved that Susan Gwynne was posing as a health care worker to gain access to the residents room and steal their jewelry. Detectives recovered more than 3,000 items when they executed a search warrant at Gwynne’s residence in March. The items included rings, watches, credit cards, cash and other valuables including some family keepsakes.
In June, Delaware County Prosecutor Carol O’Brien called Gwynne a “true menace.”
“The emotional harm that comes, the psychological harm that come from people stealing is tremendous, especially when you’re elderly and they take something that belonged to a loved one who is no longer here,” O’Brien said.
Chinyere Daniel is a a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) at Pruit Health. Resident Francis Harper reported Daniel punched her several times in the head, and then threatened to kill her. Daniel was charged with aggravated assault and battery.
Harper’s roommate, Clara Harris, witnessed the assault and corroborated what Harper told police that she was struck multiple times in the head Harris could not confirm how many times Harper called for help, but she told officers that Daniels returned and began “beating” her in the head. The victim had bruising, swelling and discoloration to her right temple.
The victim said she asked Daniel for another assistant to care for her. Harris told police that the attack occurred because Harper did not want Daniels to change her and that Harper had called for a different nurse, according to reports.
“When a resident tells a staff member no, no means no. They can refuse their medication. They can refuse to be changed. They can refuse anything. And no staff member should ever forcibly try to make a resident do something,” said Elaine Wilson, Certified State Ombudsman.