Posted: Apr 18, 2013 4:41 PM by Andrew Ellison - firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: Apr 18, 2013 6:47 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI - Today, a state investigator told jurors in an elderly abuse trial about what she found when investigating Flour Bluff Adult Day Care owner Najmeh Griffin back in 2011.
Elizabeth Thomas, an investigator with the Department of Aging and Disability Services, testified that she found patients with serious bruises and injuries that weren't being properly treated.
She added that the medical records in the facility were the most disorganized that she'd ever seen.
But it's the way the employees and patients acted that alarmed her most. "There was a prevalence of fear," Thomas says.
A fear Thomas says she experienced first hand, shen she shared her findings with Griffin, saying Griffin's anger was extreme.
She acted out the scene for the jury, showing how Griffin put her finger in her face and yelled at her. She added that Griffin called her names.
"She called me Queen Elizabeth and she called me Blondie," Thomas says.
But other witnesses, who had friends or family in the facility, testified that everything seemed fine. Robert Shields had a wife in the facility. He said he never had any concerns of abuse.
Mary Jo Sturm had a friend in the facility. "The bruises were always explained," she says.
The trial will continue tomorrow as the prosescution calls more witnesses.
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