4 staffers at Phoenix adult care facility accused of abuse

Arizona News

PHOENIX (AP) — Four staff members at a Phoenix adult care facility have been accused of abusing a female resident and falsely reporting about it, police said Thursday.

They said 55-year-old Stephanie James, 59-year-old Rodina Bailey, 54-year-old Tena Martinez and 30-year-old Kristen Emerson were taken into custody without incident Wednesday and booked into jail.

It was unclear Thursday if any of the four women have a lawyer.

All four certified medical professionals are accused of vulnerable adult abuse and false reporting to authorities.

Staff members from a Phoenix adult care facility called police on Aug. 24 to report a 34-year-old resident had assaulted staff and another resident. 

Police said there was no information to corroborate the staff members’ allegations and surveillance footage couldn’t immediately be accessed.

The next day, a director for the care home reviewed the video footage and gave it to police. It reportedly shows the female resident being forced to the floor and held down. 

Police said the case is being forwarded to the Arizona attorney general’s office for review. 

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