Minnesota Teens Face Nursing Home Abuse Charges

Minnesota Teens Face Nursing Home Abuse Charges

Two teenage girls living in Minnesota have been charged with nursing home abuse. Brianna Broitzman, 19, and Ashton Larson, 18, allegedly abused some 15 elderly residents of a Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea while they were working there.  

The two former employees are being charged with more than 10 charges, including: 

  • Criminal abuse of a vulnerable adult
  • Assault in the fifth degree 

Four other minors, who were also employed at the Minnesota nursing home, were charged with mandatory failure to report suspected abuse. 

Report Sparked Investigation of Abuse

According to reports, the Minnesota Department of Health issued a report in August, concluding four teenagers were involved in abuse of 15 residents at the home. When the report came out, it sparked further investigation. The teens allegedly performed the following types of abuse: 

  • Verbal abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Emotional abuse 

All of the elderly victims suffered mental conditions, including Alzheimer ’s disease and dementia.  

Defendants Worked as Certified Nursing Assistants

The accused teenage girls allegedly worked at the home form 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. every day after school. According to Mark Anderson, the nursing home administrator, the teens were certified nursing assistants and performed duties including helping residents comb their hair and brush their teeth. 

However, according to reports, the girls abused the residents by

  • Poking them in the breasts
  • Hitting male residents in the genital area 

The charges brought against the two former employees have been given national attention and have encouraged officials to warn family members of nursing home residents of signs of nursing home abuse and/ pr neglect. 

(Source: Albert Lea Tribune) 

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