Two female employees of Marshall Manor Nursing Home in Guntersville, Alabama were charged with multiple counts of elder misconduct and abuse on March 24th. Marshall County District Attorney’s Office and Guntersville police claimed the charges involved at least five residents of the nursing home.
Former Employees Were Certified Nursing Assistants
32 year old Ashley Johnston is charged with three counts of public lewdness, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, harassment and indecent exposure, and two counts of third degree elder abuse.
26 year old Anna Scroggins of Albertville is charged with five counts of second degree voyeurism, public lewdness, two counts of first degree sexual abuse, and third degree elder abuse.
According to the authorities, the incidents took place when both Scroggins and Johnston were employed by the nursing home, which is located about 75 miles northeast of Birmingham. They are both fired now. However, it is unclear the duration the two were employed with Marshall Manor. Families of all victims have been notified according to the district attorney’s office.
Scroggins and Johnston were taken to the Marshall County Jail with bail bond set at $70,000. Online jail records show that they have both since been released.
Nursing Home Shocked at Employee’s Conduct
Marshall Manor expressed shock and extreme concern over the allegations and the reprehensible misconduct of the two (now) former employees. They immediately responded to the situation by terminating the employees and reporting the matter to appropriate law enforcement agencies.
The Marshall County District Attorney’s Office, Guntersville Police Department, and other state agencies claim the nursing home are cooperating fully in the investigation.
According to Marshall County District Attorney Office Chief Investigator John Young, the women were apprehended for nursing home abuse after a joint investigation which is still ongoing.
Rights of Nursing Home Residents in Alabama
Victims and their families should know that they have several nursing home residents’ rights when it comes to living in an elder care facility or a nursing home. These include the following:
- The right to be treated with respect
- The right to privacy
- The right to receive necessary and appropriate medical care
- The right to manage their own money and finances
- The right to be free from discrimination
- The right to have relatives or representatives involved in their care
- The right to participate in activities
- The right to be free from neglect and abuse
It is important to speak with a nursing home abuse lawyer immediately if any of these rights have been violated. A nursing home abuse attorney can help explain victim rights in detail and the next steps to take to remedy the situation.