Three Women Charge In Running A Nursing Home Fight Club Using Dementia Patients

October 15, 2019
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Three women who ran a “fighting ring” at a North Carolina assisted living facility encouraged residents to get into a physical altercation, officials say.

They were workers at the Danby House in Winston-Salem in June when they didn’t intervene in a fight between two residents with dementia, according to a report from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.

Staff members took video of the fight, which led to “one resident being strangled with her face turning red,” and shared it on social media, the state report says.

32-year-old Marilyn McKey, 20-year-old Tonacia Tyson and 26-year-old Taneshia Jordan were each charged with assaulting disabled persons.

Documents also allege that during one of the fights one of the residents was heard yelling “let go, help me, help me, let go,” as the employees continued to watch. One of the employees reportedly told the resident to stop screaming.

McKey also faces other charges after reportedly shoving another patient in her care. According to Centre Daily, staff took video while McKey pushed the woman “into a room, turned off the light and yelled to the resident to go to sleep, and then closed the door leaving the resident in the dark room,” according to the report.

Also appearing on video was a resident who was on the floor and couldn’t get up, the report says.

Officials investigated the allegations, and “no injuries were reported or discovered,” the Winston-Salem Police Department says.

The three staff members were fired after allegations surfaced in June, the Danby House said Monday in an emailed statement.

The center says it has a “zero-tolerance policy for mistreatment of those in our care,” and it worked to implement leadership changes, “additional staff training and a more rigorous vetting process for all new and existing employees.”

A state suspension that prevented Danby House from accepting new patients was in effect as of Friday, the Winston-Salem Journal reported.

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