Boynton Beach police arrested two caretakers 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 Thursday. The two women are being held at the Main Detention Center in West Palm Beach.
Brudent is being held on $50,000 bond; Williams on $3,000.
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.
According to Boynton Beach police, three employees may have been involved and the investigation is ongoing.
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.
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.