Roommate will not be charged in nursing home beating - WSMV News 4

Roommate will not be charged in nursing home beating

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A Midstate family wants to know why police aren't pressing charges after a beating at a Putnam County nursing home.

Grover Ledford, an 82-year-old Korean War veteran, is recovering in the hospital after he was beaten by his roommate at Signature Healthcare Nursing Home.

"When I look at him and I see that he has a broken nose and a cheekbone and an eye socket and his face is all black and blue," said Janet Haymond, Ledford's daughter.

Haymond received a call Monday night about the incident. She was waiting in the emergency room when her father arrived.

"He said, 'He tried to kill me, he tried to kill me. I kept calling for help. I couldn't get anybody to help me. I could not get away. The door was closed,'" Haymond said.

Ledford is immobile from the waist down and suffers from dementia.

Last week, Ledford got a new roommate. Haymond said she became concerned when the nurse said his status meant he could have violent tendencies.

"That raised a red flag for me," she said. "I asked, 'Could he hurt Dad?' And he said, 'No, he doesn't stay in the room enough.'"

But days later, a nurse walked in to find the new roommate beating Ledford with a glass Coke bottle across his head and hands.

"Somebody had seen potential for harm, injury, abuse on this individual, and someway, somehow, somebody dropped the ball," Haymond said.

The Algood police chief responded with two officers. Wednesday, police said they are not pressing charges because the elderly man has Alzheimer's.

Haymond said she wants policies reviewed on how the facility assigns roommates.

"I said, 'They won't hurt you. Don't you trust me?'" she said. "He said, 'I don't trust anybody now.' It's very heartbreaking."

Signature Healthcare CEO Scott Goins gave a brief statement.

"We follow our guidelines and we are very confident in the policies, procedures and systems we have in place," Goins said. "And we are always, as any company is, looking for ways to improve every day, but confident in the systems we have in place."

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