Apr 26, 2013 1:37 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - A Nueces County jury has convicted Najmeh Griffin on all counts in her elderly abuse trial. The former owner of Affordability Quality Assisted Living Center was visibly upset as she left the courtroom.
Prosecutors say she placed bags filled with urine and feces around the necks of two elderly patients. The prosecution also argued that Griffin has a history of aggression and that the bags were placed there as punishment.
In her defense, Griffin argued she used the bags as sensory therapy to help the patients go to the bathroom.
Authorities shut down her business two years ago during an investigation into allegations of abuse.
Elizabeth Thomas, who works for Department of Aging and Disability, testified in court that she found serious injuries, disorganized records, and an environment of fear.
The sentencing phase of the trial will begin today after a lunch break for the court.