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Dementia patient wouldn’t be quiet. So her caregivers found a solution, police say.

Sherlie Tesyeux, left,  Lashron Williams, center, and Phygelle Brudent were caregivers at Colonial Assisted Living facility in Boynton Beach. Police have accused them of false imprisonment and elder abuse after a 67-year-old patient with dementia was found tied to a chair with duct tape on her mouth on July 3.
Sherlie Tesyeux, left, Lashron Williams, center, and Phygelle Brudent were caregivers at Colonial Assisted Living facility in Boynton Beach. Police have accused them of false imprisonment and elder abuse after a 67-year-old patient with dementia was found tied to a chair with duct tape on her mouth on July 3. Broward Sheriff's Office

UPDATE: Boynton Beach police asked the State Attorney’s Office to issue an arrest warrant for Sherlie Tesyeux, a third employee at the Colonial Assisted Living facility. On Sunday, July 29, 2018, Tesyeux, 27, was arrested on a charge of elder neglect for her role in a July 3 incident in which a dementia patient was tied to a chair and had her mouth covered with duct tape.

Boynton Beach police arrested a third caretaker from the Colonial Assisted Living facility and accused them of using duct tape to restrain a 67-year-old woman suffering from dementia.

The elderly woman was tied to a chair in another patient’s room and duct tape was used to tape her mouth shut.

Lashron Williams, 44, and Phygelle Brudent, 52, were arrested each on charges of false imprisonment and elder abuse on July 12. The two women were held at the Main Detention Center in West Palm Beach.

On July 29, a third woman from the facility, Sherlie Tesyeux, 27, was charged with elder abuse for her role in the incident.

Tesyeux was arrested by Broward County Sheriff’s Office deputies at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport after she returned from a trip to Haiti, the Palm Beach Post reported.

Police say Brudent admitted that she tied the patient to the chair on July 3, the Palm Beach Post reported. She did so, she said, because she was “frustrated” that the elderly woman would not be quiet and that she had other patients to attend to.

Williams said she saw the patient with duct tape around her mouth and that she removed it to give her sleeping pills.

WPTV reported that Williams told Brudent tying a patient to a chair was wrong but she did not report what she had seen.

Williams said Tesyeux was in the room with Brudent when she went into the room to give the patient her medication and “took part in the event,” according to the affidavit.

Police had been notified of a complaint made to the Florida Department of Children and Families. The victim could not speak about the incident, according to deputies.

At the time of the initial arrests, Allison Underwood, the quality assurance adviser for the facility, told WPLG Local 10 that Colonial Assisted Living is taking the allegations “very seriously” and is conducting an internal review. She said Brudent and Williams no longer work for Colonial. Tesyeux was released on bond.



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