February 5, 2013
A Bellaire, Texas nursing home employee that was arrested and charged last month for theft is scheduled to make her first court appearance this morning.
According to police reports, 34-year-old Dorcas Gbenda was working at the Gardens of Bellaire Nursing Home when relatives of one of the resident’s noticed that items were missing from the victim’s room. According to Chief Michael Leal of the Bellaire Police Department, the relatives installed a camera in the room shortly after their suspicions:
“The family members had suspected something was going on. They chose to place a camera in there. They involved us when they had a little bit of evidence. I think the camera did capture an employee going through the resident’s belongings.”
The video footage captured the nursing home abuse and showed Gbenda rummaging through the victim’s purse and taking cash, which according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, was $60. The incident happened last month on January 25. A few days later, police arrested Gbenda while she was working at the nursing home. She was removed from the facilities in handcuffed and charged her with theft from the elderly.
Gbenda was released on a $2,000 bond, but is expected to appear this morning for her first court appearance. Although criminal charges have been filed, the family of the victim still have the option of obtaining legal representation from a Texas nursing home abuse attorney and filing civil charges.
The administrators of the nursing home declined to comment on the situation, but there is no indication as of yet of Gbenda’s employment status at Gardens of Bellaire.
Gardens of Bellaire is a skilled and assisted living nursing home close to the Houston area that was rated by the U.S. News and World Report as one of the best nursing homes in the nation.