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North Carolina Assisted Living Employees Accused Of Running Fight Club For Dementia Patients

Winston-Salem Police Department

Reports of elder abuse at an assisted living facility in North Carolina led to the arrest of three women accused of running a fight club.

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services is currently preventing the Danby House in Winston-Salem from accepting new residents after reports of patient care “deficiencies” on property.

In addition to that, staffers Marilyn Latish McKey, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan were arrested on Friday following an investigation of a complaint filed back in June regarding two elderly women with dementia physically assaulting each other.



The abused women, ages 70 and 73, were being filmed and watched by the women working at the home.

The suspects were charged with assaulting disabled persons in connection to the reports of patient abuse.

In a court document obtained by FOX 8, the 73-year-old fought with the 70-year-old, and the suspects did nothing to prevent the altercation from escalating.

They encouraged the brawl and filmed it.

Investigators also learned that one of the workers violently shoved the 73-year-old resident into her room.

Tyson and Jordan witnessed the incident and instead of reporting it, they filmed it.

Documents from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services revealed that one of the elderly women was heard shouting:

“Let go! Help me! Help me! Let go!”

The arrest warrant reports that all incidents took place on June 19.

A Danby House spokesperson said all three staffers were fired after management learned of the situation.

The facility wrote:

“Danby House has a zero-tolerance policy for the mistreatment of those in our care and as such, McKey, Tyson, and Jordan were terminated immediately in June when community management was alerted to this situation.”

According to the Winston-Salem Journal, police arrested Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 26, of Clemson Circle on October 2.

She was charged with assaulting a person with a disability.

A magistrate gave Jordan a $1,500 bond.

Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 20, of Cedar Ridge Circle, was arrested on October 2, “on a charge of assaulting an individual with a disability.”

She was released from custody after consenting to a court appearance.

On October 10, police arrested Marilyn Latish McKey, 32, of Underwood Avenue “on two counts of assaulting an individual with a disability.”

McKey, who allegedly also shoved the 73-year-old resident into her room, was given a $1,000 unsecured bond.

The Danby House said in their statement:

“Administrators have been working closely with the Winston-Salem Police Department throughout its investigation to ensure justice is served.”

“Additional staff training and a more rigorous vetting process for all new and existing employees at Danby House has been implemented.”

As of October 11, the Danby House is still barred from accepting new residents until conditions have warranted lifting the suspension.

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Written by Koh Mochizuki

Koh Mochizuki is a New York-based actor and writer. Originally hailing from Los Angeles, he received his B.A. in English literature and is fluent in Japanese. Disney parks are his passion, and endless cups of coffee are a necessity. Instagram: kohster Twitter: @kohster1