LA civil action targets assisted living conditions

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A complaint against operators of two unlicensed assisted-living facilities in Los Angeles alleges they jeopardized the health and safety of physically and mentally disabled residents.

The city attorney's office said Tuesday it filed a civil enforcement action against the operators of Agape Mission House and Agape Home Church, and a court appointed a receiver to relocate residents.

Allegations range from overcrowded and unsanitary conditions to being punished for failing to attend twice daily religious services.

Alleged punishments included being forced to stand by a tree for hours, being made to transcribe Bible verses for an entire day and being forced to sleep outside at night.

Andre Shepherd, office manager of the Hobart Boulevard facilities, denies the allegations. He says the transcribing, for example, is a way to keep residents "focused."

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