Beating of elderly nursing home patient under investigation

  1. ElDorado News Times

    Camden News FORDYCE - The Arkansas State Police and the Dallas County Sheriff's Office are investigating the brutal beating of an elderly woman in a Fordyce nursing home.
    Arkansas State Police investigator Terrie Smith said the 81-year-old female was found badly beaten around 2:30 a.m. Thursday by employees of the Dallas County Nursing Home.
    According to Smith, the victim remains in critical condition at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff where she was taken for treatment of massive facial injuries.
    Although doors are normally locked at night, an outside door might have been left open the night the woman was attacked, and possibly raped in her room, he said. Employees of the facility are being interviewed and Smith said he plans to administer polygraph tests to employees as part of the investigation and search for a suspect in the case.
    Smith said the woman, who was not bed-ridden, had been a resident of the home for only a few months, going to the facility from a nursing home in Camden.
    The victim has relatives in both Camden and Fordyce, he added.
    The suspect in the case will likely face first-degree battery and possibly attempted murder charges, Smith said. If the victim dies, the charge would be upgraded to murder.


    The latest word I heard this afternoon was that two employees of the Nursing Home where this occured have been arrested on attempted musder charges! I will post more on this story as it is released.
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  2. 32 Comments

  3. by   lvn2004
    This makes me sick!!!!!!!

    I hope they lock these people up and throw away the key. How can people be so cruel? I just don't get it.
  4. by   itsme
    Oh my gosh- this is HORRIBLE. I dont understand what the heck would possess someone to be so vicious. Keep us posted. This just makes me sick. That poor woman, I do hope she will be ok.
  5. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    Thrown them in with the general population of a violent prison. That'll fix them.
  6. by   itsme
    Prison is too easy, throw them in the ocean, the arctic ocean!! Or in with a pack of hungry lions or something. People (if you can call them that) like these are a waste of oxygen.
  7. by   Marie_LPN, RN
    General population of a prison's not so easy when you have people who think of their mothers and grandmothers, then get angry
  8. by   renerian
    Oh gosh, God Bless that poor woman..........

    renerian
  9. by   live4today
    How can someone stoop so low as to beat a helpless old woman! Sick isn't the word I'd define them as being!
  10. by   debralynn
    I hope their first day in prison, they meet "Big Bubba". Then lets see how they react to Rape!
  11. by   kids
    Originally posted by LPN2Be2004
    General population of a prison's not so easy when you have people who think of their mothers and grandmothers, then get angry
    I agree totally, and the Arkansas prison system can be a particularly unpleasant place for molesters of little old ladies.
  12. by   pickledpepperRN
    I agree with all of the above.
    Also what shall be done about the starvation, dehdration, pressure sores, skin tears (from one person trying to position a patient), contractures, UTIs, and other suffering due to short syaffing, lack of training, and the rich owners of some of these "homes" being stingy even with clean linens?
  13. by   lvn2004
    Originally posted by spacenurse
    I agree with all of the above.
    Also what shall be done about the starvation, dehdration, pressure sores, skin tears (from one person trying to position a patient), contractures, UTIs, and other suffering due to short syaffing, lack of training, and the rich owners of some of these "homes" being stingy even with clean linens?
    Something really needs to be done about this! It is an outrage that our elderly have to live in fear of being put in a nursing home because of these things happening to them. I will graduate from LVN school next year and I would really like to go work in a LTC facility and give the kind of care to these patients that they deserve. What scares me is the patient to nurse ratio and by this I mean putting my license in jeopardy. Will it ever get any better in these places? What can be done to stop it?
  14. by   pickledpepperRN
    Let's go to the nursing activism & politics topic. All of us are getting older. We must make it better than a few hours per patient day (HPPD) with the 1 RN in the office counted in.
    What happens in some, thankfully not all the skilled nursing facilities is or should be criminal!

    Perhaps it is denial until it happens in our own family.

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