Caught on Camera: Man being abused in AL nursing home

Published: Sep. 13, 2012 at 4:13 PM CDT|Updated: Sep. 27, 2012 at 4:22 PM CDT
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BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - What was happening to a paralyzed patient when family members were not around? Members of one family kept asking that question at Chandler Health & Rehab Center in Alabaster... and what they discovered has led to a police investigation.

The family, who refused to be interviewed, told FOX6 News they hired a company to install hidden cameras at the nursing home. The video was obtained exclusively by FOX6 News and it shows most of the employees providing quality care.

However, there were a few incidents on the videotape that have since sparked a police investigation:

- A person who appears to be pulling a cord attached to the patient over and over again.
- Another employee was caught doing the same thing.
- What may be a heated conversation was also caught on tape.
- Part of the video is shot in the dark, so it's not very clear, but it looks like an employee is thumping or hitting the patient.

Joe Meadows, director of Chandler Health & Rehab Center, told FOX6 News the nursing home took immediate action after being made aware of the tape.

"The center responded swiftly once we were made aware of these actions," Meadows said. "The individuals are no longer employed here. We have filed reports with local and state agencies who are currently investigating this case."
Alabaster Police say Patricia Hockaday and William Dixon, Jr. turned themselves in earlier this summer.   Ronald Butler, Jr. turned himself in just last week for intentional abuse of a protected person which is a felony.
An outstanding warrant has been issued for Janice Lashun Robinson for emotional abuse of a protected person. If you know where Robinson may be, you are asked to contact the Alabaster Police at 205-663-7401.
In the meantime, this patient remains at the center and family members tell FOX6 News they are now happy with his treatment.

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