When placing our elder loved ones into a care home, we expect that they would be cared for as though they were living with us. Or, perhaps, receive even better care than we ourselves can provide. Unfortunately, nursing home abuse does occur.
The family of a Hopkins nursing home resident decided to set up a hidden camera in the patient’s room. This decision came after the daughter of the resident noticed unexplained bruising on her mother.
What they discovered after viewing the video led them to show the video to the police. The family shared the video with the police on February 7, 2016. It led to the arrest of one of the nursing home’s aides.
Police arrested 55-year-old Cecilia Chebii Soi of Hopkins. The video, police say, showed Soi using her elbow, hand, and a hair brush to beat the elderly woman on the head. The video also revealed that the elderly woman had been pulled up from the floor by her hair.
The facility administrator states that the aide was fired. The facility is also reviewing its hiring, training, and supervisory practices.
If convicted of her crimes, Soi faces up to one year in prison and $3,000 in fines stemming from the 4th degree assault charge. She faces an additional charge of fifth degree assault which carries a sentence of up to 90-days in prison and a $1,000 fine.
If you or someone that you know has been the victim of nursing home neglect or abuse, contact the law offices of Schenk Smith. Our attorneys specialize in this kind of litigation and will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today.