Two aides at a St. Charles nursing home have been charged for allegedly taking video of themselves striking one of the residents, an elderly woman with dementia, Kane County officials said.
Chemyra Barnett, 18, and Jacqueline Santos, 18, both of South Elgin, appeared in court today, where bond of $15,000 each was set, according to authorities.
With the help of a nursing home abuse lawyer, each is charged with one count of aggravated battery of a person older than 60, a class 3 felony, and one count of illegal videotaping, according to St. Charles police.
“It’s just a sad situation all around,” police spokesperson Lisa Blackwell said. If you suspect that your loved one is a victim of nursing home abuse, immediately contact the authorities and a nursing home abuse lawyer.
The 96-year-old victim was not injured, police said.
The attack took place Tuesday at the Rosewood Care Center, 850 Dunham Road, police said. Someone reportedly heard about the incident and alerted the nursing home, where officials called police, Blackwell said.
The women could be seen on video laughing as they struck the elderly woman, according to court documents.
The suspects shared the video with friends, the documents said.
Blackwell declined to offer a more detailed description of the alleged abuse, citing the ongoing investigation.
Ivy Gleeson, the nursing home administrator, said the two women were fired. The pair were certified nursing assistants and had worked at the center about six months, she said.
“In our facility, resident safety is our utmost concern,” Gleeson said.
According to the company’s website, the Rosewood Care Center in St. Charles is a 109-bed skilled nursing facility. Rosewood operates 14 facilities, mostly in the Chicago and St. Louis areas.