Caught on video: Alleged abuse of disabled woman at group home
EAST HARTFORD, Conn. — An employee at a Connecticut group home for people with disabilities is the target of an abuse investigation.
A video sent anonymously to the state, the operator of the group home and TV station WFSB, appears to show the employee kicking and whipping a resident. That resident has an intellectual disorder.
The video lasts about 30 seconds, but Terrence Macy, commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services calls it the most heinous thing he’s ever seen. “Why would one, any human being do this to another human being? Why do it knowing full well this person can’t defend themselves?”
The video shows a young disabled woman being kicked in the gut. Then she’s hit with what appears to be a belt. Finally, she’s dragged out of frame by her hair. The state says the caregiver was immediately suspended.
“This person was immediately put off duty with no pay, pending investigation, which now will be conducted by the East Hartford Police,” Macy says.
The company that runs the group home issued a statement: “We are deeply saddened and appalled by this incident. As soon as we became aware of it, we took prompt action and placed the employee on unpaid administrative leave.”
The company also says it is cooperating with the investigation.