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2 former nursing home assistants accused of abusing 94-year-old woman, posting video online

Two former nursing home resident care assistants were indicted on patient abuse charges after authorities say they abused a 94-year-old woman at a Canal Winchester facility and posted a video of it to social media.
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CANAL WINCHESTER, Ohio — Two former nursing home resident care assistants were indicted on patient abuse charges after authorities say they sprayed a 94-year-old woman in the face with hairspray at a Canal Winchester facility and posted a video of it to social media.

Franklin County Prosecutor said a Franklin County Grand Jury indicted both 28-year-old Roberta Bower and 22-year-old Makiah Chane’I Halsell on one count of patient abuse, a fourth-degree felony.

The women are accused of abusing the victim in an incident that took place on June 3, 2018, at the Inn at Winchester Trail.

According to the indictment, Bower sprayed hairspray in the victim’s face, getting it into her mouth and eyes, while presumably caring for her in her wheelchair.

The indictment then alleges that Halsell recorded the incident and posted the video to Snapchat, where both aides can be heard laughing throughout the video that lasted about 15 seconds.

The two women were immediately suspended and have been terminated from the facility.

Bower and Halsell are expected to be arraigned on Monday.