3 North Carolina healthcare workers charged with creating fight club for dementia patients

Three workers at an assisted living facility in North Carolina were arrested and charged with assault on an individual with a disability for allegedly encouraging dementia patients in their care to fight each other, according to The Washington Post.

Marilyn Latish McKey, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan allegedly encouraged elderly patients to fight in Winston-Salem, N.C.-based Danby House's special care unit for dementia patients. The workers allegedly recorded on a phone as a 70-year-old woman and a 73-year-old woman fought.

The three workers were arrested and charged in early October, roughly three months after they were fired from Danby House. The allegations stem from an investigation by local police and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, according to the Winston-Salem Journal.

"Administrators have been working closely with the Winston-Salem Police Department throughout its investigation to ensure justice is served," a spokesperson for Affinity Living, the parent company of Danby House, told the Winston-Salem Journal. "Additional staff training and a more rigorous vetting process for all new and existing employees at Danby House has been implemented. Danby House has undergone leadership changes in recent months, and we look at situations like these as opportunities to improve upon the high standard of care we provide for our residents."

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