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Former caregivers accused of abusing mentally handicapped patient

Two former caregivers now face charges after investigators say they abused a mentally handicapped man in their care.

The Kentucky Attorney General's office says 46-year-old Verna Campbell was arrested Monday, after a warrant was issued by Madison District Court.

Investigators say Campbell pushed the victim into the shower, subjected him to hot and cold shower temperatures, sprayed him in the mouth and nose with water, forced him onto a changing table, and raked her shoes across his bare feet, causing red marks.

The attorney general's office says Campbell used to work as an assistant adult treatment supervisor at Independent Opportunities, a group home that houses mentally handicapped adults and children in Richmond.

The alleged abuse took place in June, 2009. Campbell is charged with wanton abuse and neglect of an adult. Her bond was set at $5,000 full cash.

Last month, the attorney general's office says another former caregiver at Independent Opportunities, 58-year-old Hosea Farris, was charged with knowing abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult.

Investigators say Farris slapped and pulled the hair of the same victim during an incident in September, 2009.

Farris has posed a $2,500 bond, and is scheduled to be back in court July 7.


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