OKLAHOMA CITY, OK — Oklahoma City Police are investigating a heart breaking attack on an elderly woman who is dependent on others for her care. It reportedly happened at the Windsor Hills Nursing Center.
The alleged sexual attack was reported to police when another worker at the facility saw what was happening and intervened.
“There was reportedly an employee who walked in on a man possibly raping or assaulting this elderly woman,” Oklahoma City Police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.
Administrators say the man had just been hired, passed a background check and was working as a nurse’s aide, but according to one of his co-workers, he was doing much more. The police report states the witness walked into the victim’s room and saw the suspect “standing over the victim.” The victim’s “legs were spread open” and the suspect “was standing in between the victim’s legs.” The victim’s “diaper had one strap taken off and was hanging to the side” of her hip.
“We did pull video and confirm that there was a suspect,” Wardlow said. “The suspect did enter her room at a certain time and then leave.”
Police say the victim has Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
“They’re not of sound mind and many times cannot physically defend themselves nor can they adequately report what’s happened to them,” Elderly Advocate Wes Bledsoe said.
Bledsoe heads up A Perfect Cause and says signs of sexual abuse to look for include genital bleeding, bruises or thumbprints around certain areas of the body, stained or bloody sheets or difficulty standing or sitting. He also recommends anyone with a loved one in a nursing establishment to install proper security for capturing evidence.
“Put a covert, hidden video camera in their loved ones room. Absolutely. Without question,” he said.
Police are waiting on DNA results in this case. The suspect has been terminated and Windsor Hills administrators issued this statement: “This facility strives to protect our residents from harm, abuse and neglect. All allegations of abuse are submitted to the following: police department, Oklahoma State Health Department, Adult Protective Services, physicians, families.”
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