I thought I had seen it all. I have been a nursing home abuse and neglect lawyer for over 20 years and this latest story surprised even me.
Apparently, three caregivers at a facility owned and operated by the Affinity Living Group have been charged with creating a makeshift fight club at Danby House in North Carolina. Their “fighters” were victims of dementia under their care at Danby House, a facility in Winston-Salem, police say. The Winston-Salem Police Department received a tip in June about elder abuse at the assisted living and memory-care facility, according to Fox 8.
Marilyn Latish McKey, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan were arrested and charged with assault on an individual with a disability in early October, according to authorities. McKey, Tyson and Deshawn filmed two residents in Danby House’s “special care unit” for dementia patients and encouraged them to fight.
Resident 8 and Resident 9, as the women are referred to in the documents, fought in Resident 8′s room as the trio of health-care workers encouraged them and and recorded the assault. The three caregivers can be heard in the video saying, “Stop screaming, [expletive].” Someone also prompts one of the residents to “punch her in the face.” Another is concerned that the phone is actually recording the video, so that it could be sent to her later. Video shows the patients falling onto a bed in Resident 8′s room as Resident 9 continued her assault, according to court documents reviewed by Journal. The anguished pleas for help were ignored.
Staff members took video of the fight, which led to “one resident being strangled with her face turning red,” and shared it on social media. The employees let the fight happen because one of the residents “always caused problems.”
They were only charged with Class A misdemeanors, which only come with a maximum penalty of 150 days of incarceration and a discretionary fine. Their next court date is Nov. 14. Incredible.
Affinity Living Group is the fourth-largest provider of Alzheimer’s care and memory care in the country, according to its website.
McKey faces an additional charge after shoving one of the residents during a separate incident when staff took video while McKey pushed the woman “into a room, turned off the light and yelled to the resident to go to sleep, and then closed the door leaving the resident in the dark room,” according to the report.