HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – A Personal Care Assistant, Jo Ann Engleston, of Holyoke, is facing charges after police say she abused a woman with disabilities who was in her care.
Holyoke Police Lt. Jim Albert told 22News that on Friday, the
66-year-old victim escaped Engleston (who was her live-in personal care
assistant) and walked nearly a mile to the Loomis House on Jarvis
Avenue. Police say the victim walks with a prosthetic leg and a walker,
and that the journey took her more than two hours.
Loomis House staff called police, and took care of the woman until an
ambulance could arrive. She was taken to Holyoke Medical Center with
bruises all over her face and arms. Albert says the woman reported being
abused by Engleston for more than five years, saying that she was
sometimes “struck by wet towels.”
Engleston, 51, is charged with assault and battery on an elderly or
disabled person, domestic assault and battery on a family or household
member, and threat to commit a crime.
Holyoke police and Greater Springfield Senior Services are continuing to look into the case.
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