Nursing Home Abuse Lawsuit News
Teens Charged with Nursing Home Abuse
Criminal charges were filed Dec. 2 in Freeborn County, Minnesota against two teenage girls who worked at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Albert Lea, a small town about 90 miles south of Minneapolis/St. Paul. Eighteen-year-old Ashton Larson and 19-year-old Brianna Broitzman are charged with the following nursing home abuse crimes:
- abuse of a vulnerable adult by a caregiver
- abuse of a vulnerable adult with sexual contact
- disorderly conduct
- failing to report suspected maltreatment
Freeborn County Attorney Craig Nelson stated that Larson and Broitzman will probably receive only suspended jail sentences and probation for their actions.
Disgusting Treatment by Aides
According to the criminal complaint, Larson and Broitzman spit in residents' mouths, groped genitals and breasts of some residents, and taunted other residents. Larson has admitted to getting into bed with a resident and making humping motions. She also acknowledged that she inserted her finger into a resident's rectum; she claimed that she was trying to initiate the resident's bowel movement, although this action is definitely not part of the job duties of an aide.
Larson also acknowledged that she patted the buttocks of another resident. Many of the nursing home residents have Alzheimer's disease and are unable to defend themselves.
Laughing It Over with Other Teen Aides
The girls worked part-time as aides, and the shocking conduct they engaged in earlier this year was discussed with other teenage aides at the high school they all attended. The criminal complaint says that the group of aides gathered to "talk and laugh about the incidents." Four other teen aides have been charged for failing to report the conduct.
Only about 33,000 people live in all of Freeborn County, which is mostly farmland. The nursing home's chief administrator said in an interview on local TV that the past months have been very difficult for the residents and their families.
(Source: Associated Press)
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