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Dozens Charged in Ga. Alzheimer's Home Abuse Case

By: AP
By: AP
Kerry Kavanaugh, WSB-TV

Kerry Kavanaugh, WSB-TV

July2, 2013

COMMERCE, Georgia (AP)— Almost two dozen former employees of a Georgia center for people with Alzheimer's disease are facing more than 70 charges in an investigation of cruelty to patients.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents say the charges stem from a three-month investigation of Alzheimer's Care of Commerce, about 65 miles northeast of Atlanta.

Agents used a warrant Tuesday to search for evidence. The investigation uncovered accounts of physical abuse, such as staff members striking patients and throwing water on them.

Authorities say warrants for the arrests of 21 former and present employees were issued. Charges include cruelty to people 65 or older and accusations of abuse, neglect and financial exploitation.

A telephone message left at the center Tuesday morning was not immediately returned.


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