Posted: Apr 26, 2013 6:10 PM by Andrew Ellison - email@example.com
Updated: Apr 26, 2013 10:49 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - It took the jury just over an hour to come back with a guilty verdict for Najmeh Griffin on charges she abused the elderly.
Griffin is the former owner of Affordability Quality Assisted Living Center, an adult day care in Flour Bluff.
Prosecutors say she placed bags filled with urine and feces around two patients necks. Griffin argued that she used the bags as sensory therapy to help patients go to the bathroom.
Griffin was found guilty of causing injury to an elderly person.
She left the courtroom crying.
The trial moved into the sentencing phase this afternoon where witnesses testified to more shocking incidents involving Griffin and her patients.
A former employee testified that Griffin yelled at a male Alzheimers patients for going into the women's bathroom.
"She was just very very upset. She was always so angry, and she was very mean," the witness says.
Another employee testified that Griffin became angry with patients for not being able to feed themselves.
"My husband didn't understand why I stayed working for her if I came home crying everyday, upset about what I saw," the witness says.
The prosecution has more witnesses to call in the sentencing phase, and then the defense will have a chance to call their witnesses and push for the least punishment possible.
It could all be decided as early as Monday afternoon.
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