Posted: Apr 29, 2013 5:45 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Apr 29, 2013 5:59 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Najmeh Griffin is asking for probation over prison time. Griffin is the former Flour Bluff adult day care owner accused of abusing the elderly.
Griffin was convicted of causing injury to an elderly person last week.
Prosecutors say she put bags filled with urine and feces around two patients necks.
Her husband took the stand today and said he never saw his wife abused anyone.
He asked the court to keep her out of prison and give her probation.
But the prosecution wants prison time, saying that the bags were used as punishment.
Amy Parbst, a former employee, testified that Griffin got angry at patients when they soiled themselves.
"And she would tell the patient I should put this on your head, so you know not to wet yourself anymore," Parbst says.
Griffin argues that the bags were used as sensory therapy to help that patients go the bathroom.
But an expert witness for the prosecution was baffled by that explanation.
Jessica Ramos, a nurse who's worked with elderly patients for over 20 years, says it doesn't make sense.
"I don't even think it's a procedure. I've never heard of any type of therapy, sensory or visual, that uses smells to help someone defecate," Ramos says.
Now, its up to the jury to decide if Grififn will go to prison. She could get up to ten years.
The decision is expected to be made tomorrow.
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