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Abuse Allegations at Rock Hill Retirement Center

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"It's a shock, I have not heard it so it's all new to me, so it's all...I'm very surprised by that."

Retired police officer Don Gillespie has seen a lot of things.

But, he is still taken aback by the allegations leveled at an employee of "Westminster Towers."

Gillespie's mother is recovering from a broken leg at the adjacent "rehab center."

"My mother has received excellent care. When she was in the hospital and we were looking for a place for her to go through rehab, Westminster Towers was our first choice," says Gillespie.

But, a very different experience is outlined in a recent police report; a tale of elder abuse against a 90-year old woman, allegedly at the hands of a "Westminster Towers" caretaker.

"I am very sorry to hear that if anyone in fact was abused, but it's uh very shocking news to me,” says Gillespie.

According to the police report, the victim's son "placed an audio recorder in his mothers room,” March 15-16th .

On that tape, the employee "is heard yelling " at the victim, “scaring her."

The worker is accused of  "apparently pulling or tugging too hard" and tearing the victim's skin, injuries that required medical care.

The police report says the victim is heard on tape "stating she is hurt" and that the employee "made her bleed."  

It's the kind of case Attorney Seth Langson often handles.

"Son, coming home, going there, and putting a tape recorder up or something, I mean if he had reason to suspect that, you would think somebody else did," says Langson.

This is not the first time a Westminster Towers employee is being accused of abuse. The last time just over a year ago, back in January 2013.

The report from that incident chronicles a “possible sexual abuse of vulnerable adults.”

It says that "the caller was concerned this incident was never reported to police," after it was allegedly reported to Westminster Towers administration.

"It would certainly raise a flag, red flags, and give me pause before any relative of mine would go there. I would be worried they have an issue about how they screen people and their supervision," says Langson.

But, in the more recent case, it was a Westminster Towers administrator who called police.

That administrator didn't want to talk to us, on camera but she told us Westminster Towers is regulated and required to teach all employees to report any concerns they observe.

The caretaker under suspicion has been suspended.

Don Gillespie says, he isn't worried about his own mom.

"I am not concerned at all because my brother and I, my dad, we're here everyday,” says Gillespie.


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