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2 held in hidden camera abuse at assisted living facility

Published: Thu, April 7, 2011 @ 8:42 a.m.

HAVERFORD, Pa. (AP) — Two employees at a suburban Philadelphia assisted living facility are facing assault charges over the abuse of a dementia patient that authorities say was captured on a hidden camera installed by the victim’s family.

Delaware County District Attorney Michael Green says 22-year-old Samirah Traynham and 21-year-old Tyrina Griffin physically or verbally abused the 78-year-old patient at the Quadrangle Assisted Living Facility in Haverford.

Green says the woman’s daughter and son-in-law installed a nanny cam in the victim’s room after she complained of abuse and they noticed unexplained bruises on her body.

Traynham is free on bail. A message left a phone listing for her was not immediately returned.

Griffin told reporters following her arrest that any mistreatment “wasn’t intentional.”

More arrests are possible.


1Morrigan(83 comments)posted 5 years, 1 month ago

It's a good thing the family thought to install the camera, or this may have gone on longer.
Nursing homes should be doing a thorough background check on people they hire to take care of the most vulnerable segment of our society. Anyone who abuses a helpless patient, no matter the age, should go to prison. It just seems particularly heinous when it's an older, defenseless person. The elderly deserve our respect, not abuses.

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