Woman Accused of Mistreating Elderly

Sumter, SC (WLTX) - A nurse's assistant at a Sumter care center is being accused of mistreating two residents at the facility.

Sumter Police have charged 24-year-old Andria Martice Lawson with knowing and willful abuse of a vulnerable adult and neglect of a vulnerable adult.

The incidents were reported back in late July at the Sumter Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center, where Lawson worked as a nurse's assistant. According to a warrant, Lawson was supposed to be helping a 70-year-old woman change her clothes. Instead, officers Lawson she jerked her gown off, hurting the victim's arms, then repeatedly hit her in the chest.

The victim reportedly suffered minor injuries.

In another case, police say a 71-year-old man asked her to help him put his clothes on. Officers say she put him in his wheelchair, but left him sitting naked from the waist down. Another employee later found the man in that condition.


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