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Six Nursing Home Employees who abused
Elderly Patients in cruel prank are arrested
UKIAH, CA, August 2010 - Attorney General
Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the
arrests of six nursing home employees who
physically abused elderly residents by
coating them in an ointment cream to play a
"cruel and shocking prank" against their
The former Valley View Skilled Nursing
Facility employees applied the ointment
cream to seven elderly residents, head to
foot, to make them "slippery" for employees
working the next shift.
All of the abused patients suffered from
dementia and were unable to object to their
treatment. Upon discovery of the incident,
the six individuals were fired.
"As part of a cruel and shocking prank,
these caregivers abused defenseless elders,"
Brown said. "This is despicable behavior by
people placed in a position of trust."
Jenny Bido, 26, Christina Guerrero (aka
Boyd), 30, Jared Buckley, 29, Jennifer
Burton, 33, Kathleen Phillips, 23, and
Monica Smith, 51, are being charged with one
misdemeanor count each of injury to elder or
dependent adult; battery committed on elder
or a dependent adult; conspiracy; and
battery committed while on hospital
property. Bail has been set for each
individual at $7,500.
After an investigation by agents from
Brown's Bureau of Elder Abuse, the Mendocino
County District Attorney's Office filed
criminal complaints last week against the
"Mendocino County is home to a growing elder
population," said District Attorney Meredith
J. Lintott. "We're committed to keeping that
population safe and to prosecuting those who
take advantage of our elders."
Brown's Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder
Abuse protects patients from physical and
financial abuse and neglect in homecare, as
well as in nursing homes and other long-term
care facilities. The bureau also
investigates and prosecutes nursing home
operators and health care providers who
cheat taxpayers out of millions of dollars
each year and divert scarce health care
resources from the needy.
Last year, the bureau secured convictions in
49 criminal cases of elder abuse, with
penalties, fines and restitution orders
totaling nearly $500,000.
To report cases of elder abuse, contact the
Bureau of Medi-Cal Fraud and Elder Abuse
toll-free hotline at 1-800-722-0432 or