Three employees at a North Carolina assisted living facility have been arrested for allegedly running a fight club pitting residents with dementia against each other in battle.
The women have been accused of encouraging a fight between a two women, aged 70 and 73, respectively, at the Danby House assisted living and memory-care facility in Winston-Salem, the Winston-Salem Journal reported along with other local media, citing court documents.
Winston-Salem police on Friday announced the arrests of Marilyn Latish McKey, 32, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 20, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 26, on Friday. Police and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services began investigating the facility after a June complaint of elder abuse there and arrested the women earlier this month.
McKey faces two counts of assault on an individual with a disability while Tyson and Jordan each face one count of assault on an individual with a disability, according to the reports. Police said all three of the women worked in patient care roles.
“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 told Fox 8 High Point.
During the filming of the fight, one of the women was heard yelling, “Let go, help me, help me, let go,” as the three employees continued to watch, according to North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services documented obtained by the Journal.
In a separate incident, police said at least one of the women shoved a resident during this time.
Danby House said in a statement that McKey, Tyson, and Jordan were “terminated immediately in June” when managers were alerted to the situation.
“Additional staff training and a more rigorous vetting process for all new and existing employees at Danby House have been implemented,” the statement said.
Fox 8 reported that two of the arrested women could not be reached for comment and that the third declined to comment.