Nursing Home Staff Arrested For Running A Dementia Fight Club Between Elderly Patients

Staff at a North Carolina elderly care facility have been arrested for allegedly starting a dementia “fight club” in which they pitted patients against one another, The Washington Post reports. Three women – Marilyn Latish McKey, 32, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 20, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 26 – were charged with assault on an individual with a disability after the Winston-Salem Police Department received a tip-off about abuse happening at Danby House in the town.

Winston-Salem Police Department

  1. Authorities began investigating the facility upon receiving reports of elder abuse. Together with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, authorities began an investigation into the allegations, eventually uncovering McKey, Tyson, and Deshawn’s despicable behavior.
  2. The women even filmed the residents. According to court documents, the women filmed residents of the “special care unit” for dementia patients being encouraged to fight. The two residents fought in one of their rooms as the workers looked on and filmed. The women were said to be 70 and 73 years old.
  3. No help was given to the residents. The video is sid to show one of the women falling onto a bed as the other continued hitting her. At one point, one resident shouted for help but wasn’t given any. In fact, one of the employees could be heard saying in the video: “Stop screaming, [expletive].” Another encouraged one of the residents to “punch her in the face” while the other expressed worry that the phone might not be recording because she wanted the video to be sent to her later. How disgusting.
  4. McKey, Tyson, and Jordan were fired after Danby House learned of the allegations. “Administrators have been working closely with the Winston-Salem Police Department throughout its investigation to ensure justice is served. Additional staff training and a more rigorous vetting process for all new and existing employees at Danby House has been implemented,” said a representative of Affinity Living, the parent company for Danby House. “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.”
  5. Danby House has other problems besides the fight club. The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services is said to have sent letters to the facility’s executive officer months earlier in which multiple violations of patient care were pointed out. Danby House was then suspended from taking in new patients, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.
  6. The women won’t truly be punished for what they did. They’re each facing Class A misdemeanors which carry a maximum of 150 days behind bars. However, they were released on bond soon after their initial arrest and will likely not spend a day in prison. Absolutely disgusting.
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