She was supposed to care for her. Instead, Detroit police say a female caregiver beat a special needs patient — and disturbing video appears to capture it all on tape.
A cellphone video aired by WJBK-TV appears to show a 47-year-old caregiver repeatedly striking a special needs patient, employing an extension cord and metal handle of a mop as a weapon. The victim, identified as Vera, can be heard screaming.
“I didn’t get any sleep last night,” said the victim’s mother, Jacqueline Gossett.
She sustained swollen hands and multiple cuts as a result of the lashing, WJBK reported. Her mother told the local Fox affiliate she is autistic, adding that the 24-year-old’s brain functions at the level of a 3-year-old’s.
Since WJBK aired the disturbing video, police have arrested the 47-year-old woman and with felony aggravated assault charges. The group home has also been closed down.
Nevertheless, local lawyer Mark Bernstein says this isn’t the first time the group home has been in trouble. He plans to sue.
“We are suing today the case worker who was involved in this directly, the facility that was involved in this and, because this is a corporate entity that needs to take this type of conduct seriously, they’re going to be held accountable,” Bernstein told WJBK.
According to Savage, the home has a history of using physical force against residents, among other violations.
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