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Teen Girls Charged With Abusing Nursing Home Residents

Posted by Jane Akre
Wednesday, December 03, 2008 11:26 PM EST
Category: Major Medical, Protecting Your Family
Tags: Nursing Home Abuse, Elderly Violence, Exploitation, Nursing Homes, Elder Law, Sexual Abuse, Personal injury

Two teenagers charged as adults for abusing elderly dementia residents of a nursing home.

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NEW* Part Two- Ethicist On Making Sense Of Abusive Teen Behaviors 

 

IMAGE SOURCE:  Smoking Gun Web Site/ Teens Charged In Nursing Home Abuse

 

Two teenage girls charged with abusing and sexually humiliating nursing home patients with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will be arraigned on adult charges.

Brianna Broitzman, 19 and Ashton Larson, 18 will be in court January 21.  The two worked as nursing assistants at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Albert Lea, Minnesota, about 90 miles south of Minneapolis/St. Paul.

Each face 10 or more charges, all gross misdemeanors that range from mandated failure to report suspected abuse, to criminal abuse of a vulnerable adult, and assault in the fifth degree, according to the Albert Lea Tribune.

In addition to the two young women, four juveniles are facing charges for mandated failure to report suspected abuse.  All are now adults, but were not named because they were minors at the time of the alleged incidents.

In August, the Minnesota Department of Health issued a report, seven months after an investigation into the allegations was conducted by the Albert Lea Police Department, the Freeborn County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Department of Health.

The report concludes that four teenagers verbally, sexually, and emotionally assaulted 15 residents at the Albert Lea nursing home. The elderly residents were incapable of defending themselves as they suffer from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Smoking Gun has the police report on its Web site. Warning- The report is very disturbing.

The girls admit to many of the allegations including spitting into the mouths of residents, touching their genitals to arouse them, tease them to make them mad and scream, then restrain them, hump the residents, and in one case, penetrated a man in the rectum.

“They thought it was funny,” says a young witness. The disturbing events occurred while the younger teens looked on. One young employee says she didn’t tell because she, “was scared” and, “didn’t want to rat on my friends.”

Eventually, one nursing assistant told authorities after she was dismissed for swearing in front of a patient. It was difficult to conduct interviews with the witnesses largely because of their mental conditions. Three have since died.

The largest employer in this town of about 19,000, once home to meat packers and manufacturing, is the Albert Lea Medical Center/Mayo with over 1,500 jobs.

The Albert Lea Tribune reports Broitzman and Larson face a year in jail face one year in jail and/or a payment of a fine of not more than $3,000 for each of the fifth-degree assault counts; not more than one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine for each of the criminal abuse of a vulnerable adult counts; one year in jail and/or a $3,000 fine for each of the disorderly conduct counts; and 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine for the mandated failure to report counts.

PART TWO:  Ethicist tries to make sense of abusive teen behaviors.  #


7 Comments

Posted by Chrissie
Thursday, December 04, 2008 12:34 AM EST

It takes a lot to render me speechless...

Anonymous User
Posted by Richard
Thursday, December 04, 2008 3:25 PM EST

But you just said something?

Anonymous User
Posted by DD Estes
Friday, December 05, 2008 4:24 AM EST

Who the heck raises these kids? Do they not have grandparents? Do they do this to their grandmas/pas? These kids need to be tried as adults. They are classic sociopaths. If these girls get off, then we'll see it's okay to beat and swindle the elderly. I'm sick of giving kids the benefit of the doubt. Sorry, but if they're bad now at 12-16, they're gonna be worse at age 20! If you kill at age 13... no hope.

Anonymous User
Posted by JJ
Friday, December 05, 2008 12:47 PM EST

I hope these two girls suffer the same treatment when they get to be old, feeble seniors. This makes absolutely no sense. Do these girls think that they'll never age?? These girls better not get away with this- they need serious prison time.

Anonymous User
Posted by DM
Saturday, December 06, 2008 6:35 PM EST

I think these girls should spend the rest of their lives in prison, perhaps on deathrow. They did provide care to the patients but they were so inappropropriate and sometimes did icky things. It would have been much better for them to ignore and neglect the patients. They were joking around with an elderly man, he laughed, they laughed. How totally inappropriate. Those in healthcare should always have a frown on their face, lest anyone think they may enjoy their job. I'm sure nothing has been blown out of proportion and that they were given access to attorneys. Yes, all in all, I think these girls do not deserve to live. Off with their heads.

Anonymous User
Posted by Man
Monday, December 08, 2008 3:03 PM EST

Right, DM. People have SO much time on their hands that they actually want to accuse perfectly normal-looking teenage girls of abusing seniors in a nursing home. How could ANY teenager be capable of such malicious acts, right? These girls are white, attractive, and don't even wear that hideous gothic makeup stuff.

Anonymous User
Posted by Mrss
Tuesday, December 09, 2008 10:13 PM EST

If you have anything you would like to say to the County Attorney, here's his address: craig.nelson@co.freeborn.mn.us

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