September 29th, 2010
The trial for the Albert Lea, Minnesota woman charged with abusing residents at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home has been scheduled for Nov. 15-24.
Ashton Michelle Larson, 20, is charged with 17 counts, including fifth-degree assault, criminal abuse of a vulnerable adult, criminal abuse of a vulnerable adult involving sexual contact, disorderly conduct by a caregiver, and mandatory failure to report suspected abuse.
Four others were charged as juveniles while Larson and her co-defendant, Brianna Broitzman, were charged as adults.
Broitzman faces 15 counts. As part of a plea agreement, Broitzman pleaded guilty to three counts of disorderly conduct by a caregiver. Her sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 22.
This nursing home abuse case from 2008 involved the six young people charged performing humiliating abuse against dementia patients. The case helped break down stereotypes about abusers. It also lead to increased training for nursing home workers to help them better recognize and report nursing home abuse and nursing home neglect.