November 22nd, 2010
An 84-year-old man was allegedly a victim of nursing home abuse at the Pine Crest Guest Home in Hazlehurst, Mississippi. The daughter of the man claims he was attacked by a nursing home staff member and has pictures of the man’s bruised back.
“The director called one of my sisters and told her that they were going to take my dad to the hospital and have him checked out–that he had been hit,” Blanton said. “He’s got two distinct marks on his back where he was hit.”
Blanton said the nursing home later changed its story saying the man had been gently tapped on the behind. However, the nursing home immediately fired the woman who allegedly hit the elderly man.
Blanton said the attorney general’s office is investigating the matter, and she and her siblings are pressing criminal charges against the woman who allegedly attacked their father.
“I believe that they both should be held accountable–the nursing home and the person. We don’t want to see this happen again anywhere,” said Blanton.
Pine Crest Guest Home could not be reached for comment.