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Rock Hill Police investigate nursing home abuse allegations

ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV) -

Police in Rock Hill are looking into allegations of abuse at a nursing home and a caregiver is off the job.

Police say the caretaker grabbed a resident so hard it caused a wound that required stitches to close it.

Police say the alleged victim in the case told her son that she was scared of her caretaker at the Westminster Heath and Rehabilitation Center, prompting him to take action of his own.

On Monday, Officials at Westminster on McDow Drive we're approached by the son of a 91-year-old female resident.

According to reports, he was told by his mother, she was being verbally and physically abused by her caregiver.

Police say the son placed an audio recorder in his mother's room this past weekend and according to police reports, one night the caretaker was on her phone in a heated conversation.

The reports go on to say the caretaker yelled at the 91-year-old woman, telling her to get up.

Later, the report says the caretaker pulled the woman out of her bed so hard that her skin was torn.

Frances Lee lives next door to Westminster and frequently visits friends at the facility.

"I'm just in a state of shock," said Lee.

Lee was stunned to hear the news because of how highly her friends spoke of the Westminster staff.

WBTV got in touch with Westminster officials by phone, Wednesday.

While officials won't comment on pending investigations, Westminster's Vice President of Operations Mandy Stamper said they take the allegations seriously and their residents' care is top priority.

"We have high expectations of our employees here and when a concern is raised we're going to ensure that the dignity and respect of our residents is upheld," said Stamper.

"I just hope these allegations are wrong. I just can't think about a helpless or elderly person being mistreated. It's just not right," said Lee.

Westminster officials say that employee, whose name is being withheld pending the investigation, no longer works at the facility.

Westminster officials went on to say the State Department of Health and Environmental Control is also investigating the allegations.

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