Rest Home Rape Victim Called 'Easy Prey' In Report
Posted July 18, 2003 7:18 a.m. EDT
CARY, N.C. — Wake County inspectors issued a
to the Chatham Creek Rest Home Friday, outlining nine safety violations that should have protected a 90-year-old woman from being raped inside the facility.
In a disturbing description, the report refers to the victim, who later died, as "easy prey."
The report indicates that the lighting was not working, a door lock was broken and the woman was isolated.
The suspect in the crime, 17-year-old Gregory Davis, is in the Wake County jail on rape charges. Because the victim died 10 days later, Davis could face a murder charge. Police are waiting for autopsy results.
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Meanwhile, Friday's report revealed how inspectors think Davis managed to get into the home.
Inspectors say Davis visited the rest home more than once with friends and could have known about the lack of security.
According to the report, a door alarm went off. But a questionable room check afterwards could explain why it took an hour for employees to discover the woman had been raped.
Because of all the security violations, the county concluded that the Chatham Creek Rest Home "failed to protect the resident from abuse.
The rest home manager had "no comment" on the report. The rest home has one week to fix the safety violations.
It could take months before the state decides what the fine will be.
The care of nursing home patients is a concern across the country.
In fact, a new government report shows that 20 percent of homes.
That number is down nine percent from the previous review.
The government report also points out that one in five nursing homes had problems that were missed by state investigators.