December 13, 2012
Hidden cameras have become a reliable source of information lately for the family of loved ones in a nursing home. In a recent investigation in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, two former workers were caught red-handed in a nursing home abuse incident that has led to criminal charges.
According to investigators, two former workers at the Bucks County nursing home were caught manhandling, pushing, and a taunting a patient. The daughter of the patient hid a camera after complaints of abuse. As a result, 20-year-old Regina Battles and 22-year-old Irene Rodriguez have not only lost their jobs at the nursing home, but have been charged with simple assault and battery, reckless endangerment of an elderly person, and neglect of care of a dependant person.
The former workers have retained an attorney who claims that the defendants were not out of line:
“I understand the victim’s family seeing it in a way that they’re perceiving it. II completely understand that. But I also believe that if an objective person looked at it, it could be perceived in a different way.”
Both Battles and Rodriguez turned themselves in and are facing a $100,000 bail each. They may also face civil charges should the victim’s family retain a nursing home abuse attorney and file a personal injury lawsuit.