A third man has been arrested in connection with the alleged abuse of an elderly man in a DeQueen, Arkansas nursing home.
Two Sevier County men were arrested in April this year following allegations that they abused a male nursing home resident. In Arkansas this counts as a class D felony and punishable by up to six years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
John Halper and Trenton Ham, both 24, were both employed by Brookewood Nursing Center when police were contacted by a family member of a resident who was worried that possible abuse was taking place. An investigation revealed enough evidence to arrest the two men and take them into custody with bond set at $10,000 each.
Now 31-year-old Ryan Hawthorn has also been charged following the investigations. While at this time no other victims have been identified, the Brookewood Center is co-operating with the police’s ongoing investigations. Information about the true extent of the abuse has also not been released.
Nursing home abuse cases like the one outlined above are becoming more and more prevalent in our society. Year after year more stories emerge from police investigations and reports that outline disturbing abuse or neglect by the very people who should be caring for elderly residents.
If you have been affected by nursing home abuse or know someone who has then contact the Brown Wharton & Brothers Nursing Home Law Firm team today. Together we can help change the landscape of nursing home care around the country by bringing those who have been negligent to justice.