December 23, 2013
A Tucson, Arizona pair have received four years probation for abusing a 93-year old woman at a care facility in the town. 29-year old Annular Ruiz and 68-year old Alisa Morena were caught when incidents of elder abuse by them were recorded on a hidden video camera.
In July 2013 at Asterion Acres Home Center, Ruiz and Morena were caregivers working at the facility. Investigators found that they were involved in a number of terrible activities after the victim’s son set up a video camera in his mother’s room. Lee Brown suspected that his mother was being abused so he set up the camera. What was filmed were disturbing scenes of Ruiz and Morena hitting and punching Ms. Brown with their fists and with other objects such as a remote control. It also showed Ruiz picking up Brown from her wheelchair and throwing her into bed, hitting her in the face and ripping off her shirt and throwing it at her. The recording also showed Moreno throwing Brown on her bed on 5 different occasions, punching her in the back and grabbing her toes and bending them backward.
The evidence was used in court to convict the pair of vulnerable adult abuse. Ruiz and Moreno were sentenced to the same amount of probation and Ruiz was ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution.
Elderly people can be some of the most vulnerable to exploit especially if they are in nursing homes. If you suspect that someone you know is being abused then you need to ensure that you are reaching out the right to people to make yourself heard. The most important thing is to not stay silent and to make sure that those who are in the wrong are brought to justice. Nursing Home Abuse Center.org provides clear and concise advice, outlining the different types of abuse to look out for. Do not delay in contacting McIver Brown Law Firm if you need a nursing home abuse lawyer to represent your case.