St. Charles Police announced Friday that Chemyra Barnett and Jacqueline Santos, both 18 have been each charged with one count of aggravated battery of a person over the age of 60 and unlawful videotaping, CBS Chicago reported.
In a statement, police said they were called to the Rosewood Care Center Thursday by an administrator who suspected the two girls of abusing a 98 year-old resident and videotaping the incident.
After police investigated the incident, the two teens were placed under arrest. They appeared in court on Friday and were released on $15,000 bond. As a condition of their release, the teens have to stay away from the home, refrain from contacting the victim or their family and they are not allowed to possess a cell phone or share any videos, CBS reported.
Police said both Barnett and Santos have been working at the facility for less than a year.
Fortunately, the victim was not harmed in this incident, but that isn’t always the case.
It’s good these two girls were stopped before they caused serious harm to the resident. And the Rosewood Care Center should be commended for promptly taking action, but, too often, nursing homes allow incidents like these or worse to go unaddressed and residents suffer serious harm as a result.
This incident, though cruel, was not nearly as egregious as the abuse many nursing home residents suffer. Some elderly persons face abuse and neglect every day, perpetrated by the very people entrusted with their care.
Nursing home abuse can take manifest in many ways. Physical or verbal abuse is the most common types of abuse nursing home residents suffer and in the most extreme cases can cause serious physical injuries and even death. Sexual abuse is less common, but is nonetheless an issue some families and nursing home residents must grapple with.
A nursing home resident who is harmed by physical or emotional abuse will physically recover from their injuries, but they are often left with serious emotional scars. They may no longer be able to trust their care givers and can lose interest in life.
When an elderly person is abused or neglected in a facility, they need someone who will advocate for their rights since many are unable to do so on their own volition. Their loved ones can report neglect or abuse, but simply reporting does not give a nursing home resident the justice they deserve.
With the help of a nursing home abuse attorney, a nursing home resident and their family can get justice by filing a civil lawsuit against the facility that allowed the abuse to occur. In many cases, the abuse victim can obtain financial compensation that covers their medical expenses and emotional distress. To determine if you or your loved one is eligible for compensation, you can contact a Chicago nursing home abuse attorney to set up a consultation.