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Dunn police investigating nursing home assaults

Posted May 14, 2009

— Authorities are investigating reports that a male worker inappropriately touched two patients at a Dunn nursing home.

Dunn police Capt. Tony Strickland said Thursday that the two incidents, involving 78-year-old and 51-year-old female patients, happened at Magnolia Living Center in Dunn on May 2 and that they are being investigated as aggravated assaults with sexual motives.

Patients report assaults at Dunn nursing home Patients report assaults at Dunn nursing home

According to a police report, the first patient reported the incident to a nursing assistant on May 4; a supervisor reported it to police on May 5. The second incident was reported to police on May 12.

Police have not charged the worker, a 43-year-old certified nursing assistant, pending the investigation's outcome. He has been suspended, nursing home spokesman Terry Walker said.

According to its Web site, all nursing home employees undergo a background check before being hired.

"We'd like for the community to know that the safety and health of our residents are our primary concern," Walker said. "We don't feel like our residents are in danger."


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  • SweetB May 14, 2009

    I'm thinking "Castration..."
    It is not right to take advantage of ANYone! I am proud of the persons who actually stood up and reported the incidences. Everytime they are reported that is one little inch toward better...

  • Professor May 14, 2009

    get good people in these facilities and be able to keep them.

    You are right. Most are not even qualified to work in a Nursing Home. The facility should be more care in who they hired, not just hire anybody. It is a disgrace and shameful for someone to take advantage of the disabled. Send them to prison.

  • Professor May 14, 2009

    all nursing home employees undergo a background check before being hired.

    But if they have never committed a crime, what do you suppose you will find. I believe a few years in prison would do the trick.

  • panthers254 May 14, 2009

    until the conditions and the pay improve..... it will be almost impossible to get good people in these facilities and be able to keep them.

  • likes2go May 14, 2009

    Just another reason why state laws should changed. An article relating the the death at Primnrose Villa showed the necessity that inspectors should visit these facilities more often. As it is I believe State inspectors are only are only required to visit nursing homes and hospitals 4 times every 18 months? A travesty! State and county officials should work together and "secretly" inspect nursing homes monthly. AND follow through with violations!

  • Glass Half Full May 14, 2009

    Sadly I can't say I'm surprised. Have seem numerous complaints go unanswered in this facility. My heart goes out to the ones victimized.

  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM May 14, 2009

    the quality of nursing home care has always stunk, it's no new news. you can't ever get any good people in there and if there are good people they usually leave because of the bad people!

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