Sunday, July 7, 2024

Three women charged with felony elder abuse at Guthrie nursing home over Snapchat videos

by Jordan Gerard 

Three women who were employees of a nursing home in Guthrie have been charged with felony elder abuse and conspiracy.

According to court documents, McKenzie Bolfa, 20, and Aubrey Granata, 21, both of Guthrie, and Jade Williams, 21, of Oklahoma City, were arrested and charged last week. All worked at the Golden Age Nursing Home.

The Guthrie Police Department declined to provide The Oklahoman with the incident report or details about the case, but an Oklahoma City television station, KFOR, quoted Guthrie Police Chief Don Sweger as saying the department launched an investigation after a former employee of the nursing home reported abuse of patients.

"They had excuses for some of their behavior, but it didn't really match up with the evidence we had uncovered," Sweger told the TV station. The date of the offense listed on the court dockets is Dec. 1, 2023.

The women allegedly sent and received Snapchats of residents, including a video of a resident in only a shirt and diaper, with fecal matter on the bed, sheets and the resident’s socks, according to the KFOR report. Other videos found by investigators included a male resident lying on his stomach “nude from the waist down.”

“It’s probably one of the saddest things,” Sweger told KFOR. “We take service to everybody very responsibly, but especially for those who don’t have a voice for themselves.”

A spokesperson for Golden Age, Tandie Hastings, sent a statement to The Oklahoman on Thursday saying the women were no longer employed at the facility. She said all employees were subject to background checks and receive training about patients’ rights and safety.

“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,” the statement said.

According to court documents, Bolfa and Granata posted a $50,000 bond on the conspiracy charge and were released with court dates scheduled in July and August. Williams had not posted bond as of Friday and was being held by the Logan County sheriff’s office, according to the court's website.

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