Family Awarded $1.2M After Caretakers Shoved Latex Gloves in Victim’s Mouth


Editor’s Note: This story appeared in today’s edition of the Daily Mail.

A family has been awarded a million dollar payout after shocking undercover footage revealed their mother was being abused in her care home.

Eryetha Mayberry, 96, had dementia and was living at Quail Creek Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Oklahoma when her daughters Doris, Earlene and Sandra suspected that caretakers were stealing from her. They installed hidden cameras that collected footage of employees manhandling the grandmother by shoving latex gloves into her mouth and hitting her head.

After seeing the footage, the family filed a civil lawsuit, and Friday the nursing home was found guilty of negligence, and the family was awarded $1.2 million in compensation, according to Fox23.

The family also assisted in passing the POLO Act, a law allowing cameras inside of rooms at nursing homes, according to News9. Following the incident three years ago, caretakers Lucy Waithira Gakunga and Caroline Kaseke were subsequently fired from the home and turned over to police.

The video footage that was handed over to police allegedly showed Gakunga shoving latex gloves into Mayberry’s mouth and forcibly holding them there while Kaseke watched, according to NewsOK.

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