(Dawson MN-) FOX-9-News reports two teenage girls who worked at Johnson Memorial Nursing Home in Dawson are accused of abusing and taunting an elderly female with dementia. Police reports and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) detail the allegations against the juveniles.
The alleged abuse was caught on the facility’s surveillance camera system and discovered the next day by a maintenance supervisor who was looking through security footage for an unrelated reason.
The episode took place in May and occurred over approximately 30 minutes in one evening as the resident sat on a couch in a lounge.
According to the MDH report, one of the teens started dancing in "a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low squatting stance (twerking) in front of the resident and pulled up her shirt, exposing her lower back" to the resident.
The twerking apparently happened three different times during the half hour.
One of the aides pointed her cell phone at the resident and the other aide leaned into the woman and kissed her on the lips.
Both laughed "boisterously" after the act, according to the MDH report.
The police report reads that one of the workers pulled up her own shirt above her bra to the resident, as the other shot foam balls at the woman from a toy gun. The video shows one of the balls hit the woman in the head.
After about 25 minutes, one of the girls sat on the resident’s lap and bounced up and down.
The MDH report reads that "emotional abuse was substantiated."
After the video was reviewed by management, the teenagers were suspended and terminated two days later. Each of them had worked at the nursing home for less than a year.
Assistant Lac qui Parle County Attorney Lori Buchheim said the girls are charged as juveniles with abusing a vulnerable adult, a gross misdemeanor.
According to Buchheim, one of the juveniles appeared in court last week admitting to the behavior but was not forthcoming on the details or remorseful.
The girls won’t have to serve time in a detention center but will most likely get probation and be ordered to perform community service.
The elderly woman has since passed away from causes unrelated to the incident.