Family wants answers after Arvada caretaker accused of assaulting Alzheimer’s patient


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ARVADA, Colo. -- Police have a warrant out for the arrest of Gwendolyn Kentris after months of investigating an elder-abuse case at an Arvada nursing home.

A 41-page report details how seven witnesses describe what happened between Kentris and a 74-year-old woman with Alzheimer's at Ralston Creek Neighborhood Assisted Living.

Several witnesses told police Kentris pushed the elderly woman, Karlene O'Brien. They also allege Kentris pinned O'Brien to the bed while forcing her to cross her arms and swore at her. One witness told police that O'Brien was traumatized, saying, "'She’s gonna' kill me. She’s gonna' kill me'.”

"I mean, you put your trust in somebody to take care of your loved one," Karlene's husband Robert said. "She was punched in the face -- black eyes, split lip."

Police found multiple bruises and cuts on the elderly woman’s body and later found that she had a fractured wrist, according to the report.

The report also said Kentris denies swearing at the victim, but admits to holding the elderly woman locked in her room for 20 to 30 minutes, which is against the assisted living home's rules. Kentris told police she received no formal training beyond a four-day orientation.

Kentris has a lengthy criminal history, including 14 felony convictions related to assault and drugs.

FOX31 reached out to Ralston Creek and its parent company Haverland Carter Lifestyle Group in New Mexico to ask questions about the background check process, but did not hear back.

"I'm a landlord, and one of the thing I do with a new tenant is a background investigation," Robert said. "The fact [is] that they either didn't do a background investigation, or if they did, it was inadequate with that many convictions."

The warrant for Kentris’ arrest includes charges of assault and false imprisonment. She is accused of assaulting another patient at Ralston Creek as well.

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