Brookville, PA – Three employees of a Brookville nursing home are facing abuse charges, with two of suspects allegedly abusing two residents and another suspect failing to report the abuse.
On Wednesday, June 7, police were called out to the nursing home. A caregiver-in-training reported that two unnamed Laurelbrooke Landing residents in the memory support unit had been abused the day before.
The abuse allegedly happened between 5 and 10 p.m. on June 6. One resident needed help getting dressed for supper. According to the report, Hannah and Haley Shirey both went to the room and attempted to dress him. However, when he started kicking and moving around, Haley Shirey allegedly squeezed his neck and hit him in the face.
A second resident was also abused when Hannah Shirey allegedly got a cup of ice and poured it down his back.
Police say that Rebekah Call was an LPN Supervisor at the time and saw what Haley and Hannah Shirey were doing. She is a mandated reporter for elder abuse, and she failed to report the actions of her two coworkers.
WRC Senior Services, the owner of the nursing home, released a statement regarding the incident:
“WRC was made aware of potential elder abuse by two CNAs at McKinley Health Center. The police were immediately contacted and then informed of the allegations. The employees were also terminated. The main focus at WRC has been and will continue to be the well-being of our residents and clients. We have a zero tolerance policy for abuse. At this time, there is an open investigation, and WRC Senior Services is not able to comment or provide any additional details.”
Haley Shirey and Hannah Shirey both face second degree felony charges of strangulation, along with misdemeanor charges of neglect of care for a dependent person, simple assault, conspiracy of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, disorderly conduct by engaging in fighting, and a summary charge of harassment.
Rebekah Call is facing conspiracy charges for the same offenses, including conspiracy of strangulation, neglect of care and simple assault.
All three women have preliminary hearings scheduled for July 11.