HAVERFORD TOWNSHIP, Pa. (CBS) – Two employees at a Delaware County assisted living facility have been arrested after investigators say they were caught on tape allegedly abusing an elderly patient.
Delaware County District Attorney Michael Green says 22-year-old Samirah Traynham and 21-year-old Tyrina Griffin physically or verbally abused the 78-year-old patient at the Quadrangle Assisted Living Facility in Haverford Township.
Investigators say their case was bolstered by the family of the Alzheimer’s patient, who became suspicious and placed a hidden camera, disguised as a clock, inside the alleged victim’s room after the woman’s family reported the allegations to the facility.
Management at Sunrise for Senior Living initially said the allegations were unfounded and attributed the woman’s gripes to dementia.
Green says the images capture mistreatment of the patient.
“Review of video obtained from this camera shows the defendant on one day strike the victim in the face and head and violently shove the victim’s body into her bed,” Green said.
Traynnham is charged with aggravated assault, neglect of a care-dependent person, and related offenses.
A third employee is expected to surrender to police on Thursday. Green says the investigation is ongoing.
Valerie Levesque reports…
Reported by Steve Tawa, KYW Newsradio 1060