Two NC home care workers avoid jail over ‘fight club’ bouts featuring elderly female dementia patients

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Two care workers in North Carolina have managed to avoid jail time after being accused of arranging “Fight club” style matches between their elderly residents.

The two women, Marilyn Latish McKey, 35, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 28, were arrested back in October of 2019, after police received reports in June of 2019 that the two were involved in elder abuse at the assisted living residence that they worked at, the Danby House in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. A third woman, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 23, was also arrested, but later released.

Both went with guilty pleas, with McKey pleading guilting to two counts of assault on an individual with a disability, while Jordan plead guilty to one count of assault on an individual with a disability, according to the Forsyth County Clerk, Daily Mail reported.

The sentences handed down, however, managed to avoid any prison time. McKey was given a suspended sentence of 45 days in jail, and 12 months of supervised probation. Jordan was handed a suspended sentence of 30 days in jail, with 12 months of unsupervised probation.

Police say the crimes themselves involved rough handling of the residents, with one clip reported by Fox 8 showing McKey shoving a 78-year-old woman into a room while the other two accused women watched and filmed.

The chief notoriety though, came from another incident in which elderly women suffering from dementia were placed together in a bedroom, attacking each other as the three watched. One woman pleaded for help, while one of the three staffers (it was never determined who exactly) tells her to “stop screaming, b***.”

When one of the two elderly combatants started to choke the other, one of the three culprits is told the woman to “punch her in the face,” as another one says to the third staffer to be sure to record the fight and send her the video later.

After police arrested the trio, one of them allegedly said that one of the residents was a “pain in the butt,” and that is why the three women had made videos of the residents. The investigation, however, did not find any injuries on the residents at the time the abuse was reported.

The Danby House immediately fired all three after the allegations and arrest came out, asserted that the facility had fully cooperated with police during their investigation, and issued a statement to Fox 8:

“Danby House has a zero-tolerance policy for the mistreatment of those in our care. Additional staff training and a more rigorous vetting process for all new and existing employees at Danby House has been implemented. Danby House has undergone leadership changes in recent months, and we look at situations like these as opportunities to improve upon the high standard of care we provide for our residents.”


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