Long-term Care Facility Employee Forces Resident to Eat

A man was charged Thursday for allegedly abusing a vulnerable adult by forcing her to eat.

After a four month investigation into the long-term care facility, the State Health Department concluded abuse of a 56-year-old resident took place.

According to authorities, the employee took the woman outside on a cold day in only her shirt, after she had nodded to indicate that she did not want to eat. He then pushed her head back and forced heaping spoonfuls of food into the woman's mouth. He was also seen retelling the story to other staff at the facility afterward and laughing about what he had just done.The woman suffers with mental retardation and cerebral palsy making it had for her to swallow large bites of food.. Police say all of this was caught on video taken on a cell phone by a co-worker.

In her interview with the Health Department the 56-year-old victim indicated she was upset, scared and angry for a week over the incident.

The CEO of the facility says to his knowledge no worker has ever been charged with neglect. He adds, “we do believe this was an isolated incident. We do not tolerate illegal or inappropriate behavior in any of our homes. And we do not tolerate harassment in any of our homes.” For more, read the story.

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Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.