Tuesday, July 9, 2024

Elderly abuse suspects took pictures of dead patients and 'played in pubic hair'

Story by Fionnuala Boyle

Three care home employees have been charged with the sexual exploitation of elderly residents. An inquiry by Guthrie Police Department kicked off in April when an ex-staffer blew the whistle on their colleagues' behaviour.

Jade Williams, 21, Aubrey Granata, 21, and McKenzie Bolfa, 21, have been slapped with serious charges of elder abuse at Golden Age Nursing Home in Oklahoma. Don Sweger, Guthrie's top cop, told KFOR-TV: "Some employees were involved in sending inappropriate pictures of their patients. We found pictures of some deceased person.

"We found some pictures of the suspects playing in pubic hair."

The charge sheet accuses the women of pinging Snapchats amongst themselves, including one grim video of an elderly man on his bed, clad only in a shirt and nappy, surrounded by his own mess.  

Another clip showed a chap naked from the waist down. Even more appalling, snaps were found showing the deceased being ridiculed post-mortem by these workers.

"It's probably one of the saddest things," Sweger said during the sit-down video interview. "We take service to everybody very responsibly, but especially for those who don't have a voice for themselves."

In response to the allegations, Golden Age director Tandie Hastings released a statement: "Golden Age Nursing Home endeavors to ensure the safety and well-being of its residents.

"Upon receiving information related to certain allegations against its employees, the facility began working with local law enforcement and other appropriate authorities to respond.

"The employees involved had cleared background checks, were educated related to resident's rights/safety and have been terminated from employment. We are committed to protecting the privacy and safety of the residents and families involved and will continue to keep them updated with any developments related to this matter."

On June 24, Williams, Granata, and Bolfa were charged with counts of conspiracy and elder abuse. Records indicate that Williams is still in custody awaiting bond.

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Elderly abuse suspects took pictures of dead patients and 'played in pubic hair'

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