The owner of an assisted living home raped a 67-year-old woman suffering from dementia who had been under her care, police say.
Dorothy Brown, 72, allegedly took the nameless victim, who "suffers from reduced mental capacity," in the basement of the nursing home in Parkville, Maryland, and forced her to have oral sex and other acts sexual.
The authorities say that Brown, who ran the assisted living facility from her home, also performed sexual acts on the victim and threatened her, saying that if she ever told anyone, she would "slap in" face, "said the victim later. police.
The investigators responded to the nursing home in June 2018 after the victim reported the alleged abuse to Golden Doves Adult Medical Daycare staff, where the victim had been visiting for about a year for medical treatment while living in Brown's facility.
A Golden Doves assistant manager, Ashfaq Ahmed, said the victim was incredibly emotional when he reported abuse to a social worker, according to the Baltimore Sun.
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The Golden Doves staff warned the police that they started investigating Brown and his home plant.
The authorities took the victim to a hospital where they conducted a forensic examination that revealed that Brown's DNA was found on the victim's breast, according to police.
The Maryland Department of Health also found that Brown's nursing home did not even have a license, so the five adults who had been entrusted with it had been transferred. The victim was sent to live with her relatives.
Brown was arrested on January 25 and charged with first-degree rape, abuse of vulnerable adults and other unspecified charges.
Last week, she was released on her own pending trial on 21 February.
Brown's lawyer, Richard Scott, said his client will plead not guilty.
"As a result of the allegations that were made against her, [state officials] he forced her to close her adult nursery school. They took away her income and put her in jail for several days, "Scott told the Baltimore Sun.
"She has worked in the nursery sector for adults for 50 years without problems from what she told me."