Three North Carolina assisted living facility workers at the Danby House have been charged with encouraging dementia patients to fight each other.
According to the Winton-Salem Journal, Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 26, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 20, and Marilyn Latish McKey, 32, saw two patients with dementia fighting and rather than intervening – they encouraged them to keep fighting and even recorded the altercation.
According to arrest warrants, the three women are accused of assaulting two female residents. Arrest warrants allege that Jordan witnessed a co-worker assault one female resident and failed to stop the assault or report it.
She is also accused of video-taping a fight between two female residents and encouraging the fight. Tyson is also accused of video-taping a co-worker assaulting a female resident and failing to either report the assault or stop it.
She is also accused of witnessing a fight between two female residents and doing nothing about it, arrest warrants said. McKey, whose first name is Marilyn in arrest warrants, is accused of recording an incident in which she pushed a female resident into a room. And she is accused of not doing anything about a fight between two female residents.
The arrest warrants said all of these alleged incidents happened on June 19.
The Danby House is no longer allowed to accept new patients. They released the following statement:
Danby House has a zero-tolerance policy for the mistreatment of those in our care and as such, McKey, Tyson, and Jordan were terminated immediately in June when community management was alerted to this situation.
Administrators have been working closely with the Winston-Salem Police Department throughout its investigation to ensure justice is served. Additional staff training and a more rigorous vetting process for all new and existing employees at Danby House has been implemented.
Danby House has undergone leadership changes in recent months, and we look at situations like these as opportunities to improve upon the high standard of care we provide for our residents.
All three women have been charged with assaulting an individual with a disability.
I couldn’t imagine finding out my loved one may be fighting or being assaulted in a facility I trusted to care for them.