Brookville, PA – The three employees of a Brookville nursing home who are facing abuse charges claim they are innocent and are contesting their charges in court.
The three Strattanville woman worked at Laurelbrooke Landing. 21-year-old Haley Shirey and 21-year-old Hannah Shirey are accused of abusing two residents on June 6, reportedly by choking one man and pulling his hair and pouring ice water down the back of another man. They both face numerous charges, the most serious being felony strangulation.
20-year-old Rebekah Call is facing conspiracy charges for the same offenses. She accused of knowing about the abuse and not stopping it or reporting it.
They have all waived their rights to a preliminary hearing. All three defendants are free on $50,000 unsecured bail each.
The details of the case:
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.
Then later, when the same man needed help getting ready for bed, Hannah Shirey reportedly began choking him until he was gasping for air. She allegedly also pulled the man by the hair and bent his leg toward his head. When a doctor later checked the resident, the man had a bruise on his forehead and a scratch on his neck.
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.”