A caregiver accused of assaulting a 24-year-old autistic man under his care will have his case presented to a Davidson County grand jury.
Nnanyelu Nnodu was employed by an agency under contract with the state of Tennessee to care for Prince Bradley, who was born with severe disabilities.
Bradley has two caregivers tend to him in his own home. In September 2013, one of his co-workers captured a cell phone video clip that shows a man believed to be Nnodu striking Bradley repeatedly.
The co-worker who recorded the video showed it to Bradley's mother, Shayanne Crittendon. She called the police who arrested Nnodu.
"My blood boils every time I see this man," Crittendon said. "It just makes me want to strangle him."
The incident caught on video wasn't the first time Bradley was hurt allegedly at the hands of Nnodu. Two photos show Bradley with a badly swollen and bruised eye.
"They said he ran into the entertainment center. The same guy that brought me the video said his head was slammed into the entertainment center," Crittendon said.
Nnodu works for a company called Support Solutions, which has a state contract to care for more than 300 people across Tennessee.
The company did not return phone calls from Channel 4 News.
According to the state's records, in the last four years Support Solutions has been investigated 121 times. State investigators documented five cases of physical abuse, three cases of psychological abuse and 32 cases of neglect. But the state says that's not abnormal for an agency its size.
Crittendon said she wants Nnodu to go to jail, and she doesn't want the explanation she said he offered.
"I said, ‘If you come to my house, I got something for you. I got plenty of cast-iron skillets. I know I can't whoop you, but I'm going to use one on you,'" she said.
The state added Nnodu's name to an abuse registry so that potential employers will be on notice that he should not work with a vulnerable population.
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