By: Emily Johnson
June 17, 2014
Thomasville,GA - A former employee at Southern Pines Senior Living Facility has been charged with Elder Abuse. The case actually happened a month ago, but the Thomasville Police Department was just notified about the incident last week.
25-year-old Shauntavia Bates has been charged with one count of Elder Abuse against an 81-year-old resident at Southern Pines Senior Living.
Bates was arrested last Friday after authorities were made aware of the incident on last Thursday.
"Disturbing when you hear these kind of things happen. We take it very seriously when it's reported to us and so we do take immediate action," said LT. Eric Hampton, Thomasville Police Department Spokesperson.
TPD said on May 16TH an eyewitness heard a resident calling for help. The witness stated that they saw Bates spraying water on the resident and the resident was unable to speak because the water was filling up their mouth. TPD also said the witness saw Bates hit the elderly resident.
Southern Pines declined to do an on-camera interview with us. They said the want to work with the police in the on-going investigation and said they brought the case to TPD once they found out about the Elder Abuse.
45-year-old Stacey Sams, a supervisor at Southern Pines, was also arrested in the case. Sams turned herself in Monday and is charged with failure to report and elderly abuse case.
"The reason Ms. Sams was charged in the case is because she failed to report it after the witness had reported it to her," said LT. Hampton.
Bates is longer an employee at Southern Pines. She was released from the Thomas County Jail on a $5100 bond. TPD is still looking into why the incident took place.