Two teens charged with the beating of an elderly woman
A pair of nursing home workers in Kane County are charged with abusing an elderly woman they were being paid to care for and video-taping it.
The victim is 97-years-old and suffers from dementia. She didn’t know what was happening to her and was not hurt, police say. But they also say this is serious. Both of the suspects are charged with felonies.
Jacqueline Santos and Chemyra Barnett, both 18, both from South Elgin, both charged with aggravated battery of a person over sixty and illegal videotaping, a class three and four felonies.
Deputy Chief David Kintz of the St. Charles police department says, “The victim was not injured, but she is also not capable of understanding what was occurring at the time.”
Police say it happened Tuesday. They heard about it yesterday and immediately made the arrests. It was the administrator here who turned her own employees in. Ivy Gleeson told me today, no hesitation there. Quote, “the safety of our residents is our top priority.”
It’s believed the suspects shared the video they shot with friends and can be seen laughing as they struck the elderly woman.
Police stress the victim is ok. The aggravated battery charges are the result of the victim’s age and the demeaning nature of the attack.
“We’re still looking into trying to track down copies of that videotape, so I can’t go into the manner as to how that was videotaped at this time, but we’re obviously looking into that,” says Deputy Chief David Kintz.
Tonight police are still working to track down that video. Bond for both nursing home aides was set today at 15-thousand dollars. Both have already been fired. Live at in St. Charles, Tom Negovan, WGN TV News.