Nursing Home Abuse Case Accuses Three Staffers of Encouraging Dementia Patients to Fight

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Three staffers who work for a North Carolina memory care facility have been charged with assault on an individual with a disability in relation to a horrific case of nursing home abuse. According to the Winston-Salem Police Department, 32-year-old Marilyn Latish McKey, 20-year-old Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, and 26-year-old Taneshia Deshawn Jordan were responsible for the care of dementia patients at the Danby House assisted living and memory care facility, but instead, they created their own fight club and encouraged two residents to pummel one another.

As if the violence that they perpetrated on the patients in their care was not enough, the three women also recorded their act of nursing home abuse. The outrageous act was reported to the police in June, after which both the police department and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services began an investigation.

Special Care Unit Was turned into Nursing Home Abuse Nightmare

In charges filed against the three women, prosecutors describe their nursing home abuse, saying that they had goaded two residents in the special care unit for dementia into fighting, then recorded the event for their own amusement. The fight took place in one of the patients’ rooms. The victims were a 70-year-old woman and a 73-year-old woman. One of the women fell onto the bed, while the trio encouraged the other to continue her assault. None of the three responded to the fallen woman’s cries for help, and neither did anybody else in the facility. One of the three women charged can be heard screaming at the women to punch each other, while another’s only expressed concern was whether their device was recording the violence.

Following the report of nursing home abuse, the Danby House was notified that they were suspended from accepting new patients. Multiple violations surrounding patient care are being investigated.

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