Police say staff at assisted living facility encouraged fight club with dementia patients

Three former staff at an assisted living facility in North Carolina were arrested after police said they encouraged dementia-stricken patients to fight each other and filmed it.

Marilyn McKey, 32, Tonacia Tyson, 20, and Taneshia Jordan, 26, were arrested Friday in Winston-Salem and charged with assault on an individual with a disability. The three formerly worked at the Danby House but were fired in June after reports of the abuse surfaced. Danby House alerted police, who conducted an investigation.

“When you’re talking about someone who can’t take care of themselves, we’ve got to give specific attention to that,” Lt. Gregory Dorn said.

McKey is accused of pushing a 73-year-old woman into her room. Tyson and Jordan allegedly filmed the incident and didn’t offer to help the woman.

In another case, investigators say that the 73-year-old woman fought with a 70-year-old woman, both of whom had cognitive disabilities. As the two women fought, the three allegedly filmed and encouraged the violence.

The assisted living facility said in a statement that it has been working with police to “ensure justice is served.”

“Danby House has a zero-tolerance policy for the mistreatment of those in our care,” the statement read. “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,” it added.


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