ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Harry Braxton had just settled in for the night Tuesday evening when he noticed the blue flicker of police lights pouring through the front window of his home.
It was a
sight the retired Hardin County deputy once knew all too well. Deputies
unrolling crime scene tape, interviewing witnesses and collecting
But standing in front of his Bryan Street home
Wednesday morning, Braxton appeared saddened and deeply troubled as he
recalled the previous night’s disturbing events.
that has ever happened on this street before,” Braxton said, as he
looked at the used crime scene tape piled in a driveway across the
The home, which is owned by ResCare, houses men with
special needs. Hardin Co. Sheriff John Ward said a ResCare employee
called 911 just before 11 p.m. Tuesday to report the co-worker that she
was relieving had been attacked.
Deputies found Sally Berry’s
lifeless body lying in a pool of blood. She had been brutally stabbed
multiple times, Ward said. The 66-year-old Radcliff woman was a ResCare
employee who worked as a caretaker at the home.
situation, you know, we have a 66-year-old woman who was out doing her
job and I’m sure she didn’t go to work yesterday thinking about even the
slight possibility of being harmed much less murdered,” said Ward.
“It’s a sad situation.”
According to an arrest citation, Lindale
Cunningham, a 32-year-old resident of the group home, confessed to
crime. He was one of three men being cared for at the home.
was taken into custody at the scene and later charged with murder. He
was booked into the Hardin County Jail early Wednesday morning.
“It’s a shame something like that happened to her,” said Braxton, who knew Berry and some of the challenges she faced.
said Berry once expressed concerns about being “roughed up” by one of
the residents, but continued her work despite her fears. He said he
hopes there will be changes to ensure others don't suffer the same
“I just hope somehow they straighten it out and
somebody looks at how these operations are run and have somebody devise
some better safety protections for the workers here because they don’t
get paid enough for this,” said Cunningham. “It’s something somebody’s
gonna have to think about for a long time.”
ResCare issued a statement Wednesday in response to the incident.
is deeply saddened by this very tragic loss of one of our own employees
with years of dedicated service as a caregiver and we extend our
sympathy to the family for the loss of their loved one. Our number one
priority is to ensure the safety and well-being of each and every one of
our clients and staff members at all times,” the company said in the
statement, adding that ResCare was fully cooperating with authorities as
they continue the investigation.
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