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.