An ex-caretaker is facing a felony charge after reportedly beating a Conway Human Development Center resident last year.
Online records show the incident was investigated by a special agent with the Arkansas Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit and that charges were formally filed on Monday in Faulkner County Circuit Court.
Kendra Dominique Humphrey, 22, faces one count of second-degree battery charges on certain victims after reportedly beating a CHDC resident in August. The incident in question was reported by another employee who witnessed the incident while cleaning in the birch living area at the facility, according to a felony probably cause affidavit.
The woman who reported the incident said she was cleaning the hallway of the birch living area during the evening shift on Aug. 13 when she witnessed Humphrey "strike [a resident] with a gait belt."
According to the affidavit, the incident was reported to administrators immediately and Humphrey was fired after CHDC investigated the staff. The witness reported seeing the suspect "whipping" one of the residents before telling the woman in question to put her clothes back on.
A registered nurse at the facility took photos that showed "red abrasions on the back side of [the alleged victim]."
Records show that a portion of the incident was captured on camera.
"A video camera is installed in the hallway area where [the employee who reported the incident] was working when this incident occurred," the affidavit reads in part. "In the video, Humphrey is observed walking [the victim] toward her bedroom, which is out of camera view."
Once out of camera view, another resident is seen walking toward Humphrey and the alleged victim, according to Special Agent Dane Pedersen's report.
According to the Pedersen's report, the alleged victim is seen walking around "nude" with her gait belt attached to her midsection before video shows where the reporting party stops mopping the hallway and instead begins "looking intently into the room."
The employee who reported the incident to other CHDC staff spoke with special agent Pedersen on Dec. 13. During the interview, the woman recalled seeing her former co-worker "strike [the alleged victim] at least two times with the gait belt." The woman also said she saw the alleged victim standing "with her hands on her bed, and Humphrey was striking her with the gait belt" on the night in question.
Humphrey has denied the allegations against her, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Department of Human Services Communications Director Amy Webb said abuse toward residents at any state-operated facility is unacceptable.
"DHS expects any employee who suspects abuse to report it as required by law. We have zero tolerance for abuse for clients who live at our facilities," Webb told the Log Cabin Democrat. "If there is an allegation of abuse and employee would be suspended pending an outcome of an investigation and appropriate disciplinary action would be taken."
Second-degree battery is a Class D felony. If convicted, Humphrey faces up to six years in prison and could be ordered to pay a fine up to $10,000.
As of press time Thursday, a court date regarding the aforementioned case had not yet been scheduled.