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2 MN. Teens Nursing Home Abuse Case Face Judge

2 MN. Teens Nursing Home Abuse Case Face Judge

Brianna Marie Broitzman (left) and Ashton Michelle Larson (right)

AP

January 23, 2009

ALBERT LEA, MINN. – Two young women charged with abusing seven nursing home residents faced a judge for the first time Wednesday in a courtroom packed with relatives of the residents.

Brianna Marie Broitzman and Ashton Michelle Larson, both 19, of Albert Lea, did not enter pleas in Freeborn County District Court. Judge Steven Schwab set bail at $6,000 for their unconditional release or $2,000 with restrictions, the maximum under state law.

Each posted $2,000 bail and agreed not to contact victims or their families, other defendants or witnesses.

Last month, Broitzman was charged with 11 gross misdemeanors and Larson with 10 for fifth-degree assault, physical and sexual abuse of vulnerable adults, disorderly conduct by a caregiver and failing to report suspected abuse.

The criminal complaint described several months of abuse that included spitting in residents’ mouths, poking and groping their breasts and genitals, and at times taunting them until they screamed. The abuse allegedly occurred as the young women worked evening shifts at Good Samaritan Society Albert Lea nursing home.

The matter gained public attention in August when Minnesota Department of Health inspectors concluded that four aides had abused 15 residents with dementia between January and May of last year.

In juvenile court last week, one former aide pleaded guilty to failing to report the alleged abuse and three others denied guilt, County Attorney Craig Nelson said. Now age 18, those four were charged as juveniles because they were 17 at the time, Nelson said.

During Wednesday’s hearing, Broitzman’s attorney, Lawrence Maus of nearby Austin, said his client “is going to challenge this complaint.”

Schwab ordered the defendants to return March 23 for a pretrial hearing, when they may enter pleas.

© YellowBrix 2009


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    HeidiLavern

    over 3 years ago

    2 comments

    Maybe the girls couldn't take it anymore. Being in charge of residents with dementia asks for a great deal of responsibility and mental strength. It is depressing to see all those human beings in trouble and it's very hard to keep your sanity when you are surrounded by people who failed to be normal. All in all, they should have been mentally tested before they were let to take care of those people.
    Heidi Lavern - pods

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    amtype

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    sorry to offend you sweetaspie6222, no harm was intended. I've never had the luxury of 10 patients and have taken excellent care of them all with loving kindness using this slow and weak body. i tend to agree with paying peanuts and getting monkeys.

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    swimnutt1523

    almost 5 years ago

    748 comments

    that make me sick!!!!!!!!! I am repulsed by what these teen did to these poor residents, and I cant belive they would do such a horrible thing, and the worst part I am sure the patients are terrafied each time they see any one wearing a uniform....................

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    suzannefisher

    almost 5 years ago

    40 comments

    This is obscene. They should be ashamed of themselves, but I'm guessing that anyone who would do this would not feel shame or anything else. But as the old saying goes, "if you pay with peanuts you will have monkeys working for you." Maybe looking more closely at competing salaries to attract more qualified and dedicated staff. Disclaimer: Not that the ones who do the work now aren't dedicated or qualified.

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    sweetaspie6222

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    "I want to address the comment about hiering teenagers as CNA's. I'm 18 and have been a CNA for almost a year. I started working in a long term care facility at the age of 17 after I recieved my state board certification, and I now work in a hospital setting. Working in the "nursing home" was not nearly as "stressful" as the hospital setting im curently working in, and I loved every minute of it. I greatly enjoy taking care of my patients and look foward to going to work! I am highly supprised and offended that people think just because I'm a teen that I'm not qulaified to preform my job as well as older aids who don't have the strenght or speed to take care of 10 patients. I am repulsed by what these teen did to these poor residents, but please don't sterotype all teenagers to be selfish and uncaring. I cannot imagine how anyone could even entertain the IDEA of doing something this hideous to anyone!"

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    dette

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    i am a cna and i work for a long term healthcare facility,like she said they need more nurses and cna'. the patients suffer because of not enough help.some cases the nurses have 6-8 patients and the cnas have 10 or more so patientsdo not get good patient care.these companies is under paying the cna,the job is very stressful when you dont have the help to care for patients.thank you

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    amtype

    almost 5 years ago

    4 comments

    Although they were wrong if the allegations are true. The one thing that bothers me is who hired teenagers to take care of the elderly. The "average" teenager is focused on themselves and what works for them, its a part of growing up! To place them over the care of a group of elderly is very irresponsible. I am a nurse but i was first an stna, and have worked in the nursing home and the client load to stna is always too heavy, being of sound mind and body myself and also being a person who loves people have sometimes felt that stress of way too many clients and not enough me. I would never imagine that a teenager could handle that type of stress efficiently. Shame on those who hired them and then expected them to be different than average. They would have been better in dietary or laundry maybe even housekeeping but never full time in patient care. I think that is asking too much of a teen. When employees don't take this into consideration they set themselves up for this type of abuse to their residents. No I do not excuse their actions but i'm not surprised.

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    lalalee

    almost 5 years ago

    2 comments

    These girls should not be allowed to work in a Hospital or any type of medical facility ever again.! This punishment of being given a fine to pay will not change them at all! They will not change their attitude or the way they have been raised! This type of treatment of another individual is not just here in the facility where they worked, but they probably have been miss treating other people this way all along! Even their parents! They just get away it ! Hence, treating other people badly and doing mean and nasty things to them outside of the household! This is learned behavior. These people may need some type of counseling! they are still young and can be helped if they are sincere and sorry for what they did! but keep them from around the sick and infirmed!

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    kkniert

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    These girls should be charged as adults. Being a few months away from 18, they deffinately do not have the mentalities of children. Especially young women. As a RN & former CNA, I cannot imagine how anyone could even entertain the IDEA of doing something this hideous to anyone!

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    Sykepleier

    about 5 years ago

    68 comments

    What happened to raising kids with respect for elderly, or just respect for that matter. I would have never in my life thought about doing such a thing.

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    Crimsonandclover_85

    about 5 years ago

    58 comments

    "The criminal complaint described several months of abuse that included spitting in residents’ mouths, poking and groping their breasts and genitals, and at times taunting them until they screamed."

    OMG disgusting! What the hell is wrong with these girls??? They belong in jail! I was a CNA/HHA at 17 y/o and took care of my great-grandmother at 14 y/o in her home before that...I could never imagine...doing unspeakable things like that to ANYone that is helpless and in their care.

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    latarsha

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I'm a certified nurse aide and im 26 years old and I love my residents as if they were my blood family. I have to say im surprised that it was the teens who commited the abuse. Ive seen it all I have made complaints to the state about all the nurses at my old facility, they killed people and covered it up and the state is no good because they don't really investigate any way, but honestly age is nothing but a number the most commited nurse abuse is by the older nurses and the doctors help cover it up.

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    moonlights_rain

    about 5 years ago

    18 comments

    I have to reiterate something someone else said... what in the world were there teens doing working in this capacity, at 17 they shouldn't have been in a nursing home working in direct patient care.... there's no age restriction on getting a CNA license?

    This is disgusting but at such a young age I hate to say it because I'll probably get flamed they may not have the capacity for empathy or even really know any better this is as much the administrations fault for hiring anyone who came in the door.

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    AmandaKay

    about 5 years ago

    16 comments

    I live very close to Albert Lea and have definitely discharged some of my patients to this facility. I am appalled, disgusting, and angry. Who could do such a thing??!!

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    live2nurs

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I AM SOO ANGRY.PEOPLE LIKE THAT WILL GET IT BACK TIMES 10.I HOPE THEY PUT THEM IN JAIL FOR A VERY LONG TIME.I PRAY THEY NEVER HAVE ANY CHILDREN,IF THEY DO I HOPE THE FATHER IS ON THE LOOKOUT AND IS AWARE OF THE PAST.

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