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Three workers at an assisted living facility have been arrested on suspicion of running a fight club with some of the dementia patients.
Marilyn Latish McKey, 32, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 20, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 26, have been accused of trying to get fights started between several patients at the North Carolina facility.
They were fired after the June incident at Danby House and police have been gathering evidence ever since.
Lieutenant Gregory Dorn told Fox 8: "When you're talking about someone who can't take care of themselves, we've got to give specific attention to that."
In one incident, police say a 73-year-old patient started fighting with a 70-year-old patient and the three women stood by and not only encouraged the brawl but also filmed it. Both patients live with dementia.
In the video, you can hear one of the people screaming: "Let go, help me, help me, let go."
A separate incident allegedly saw McKey push the same 73-year-old patient into her room while the other two filmed.
According to Fox 8, McKey has been charged with two counts of assault on an individual with a disability, whereas Tyson and Jordan have been charged with one count each of assault on an individual with a disability.
The facility has released a statement since the arrests and charges were announced.
"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," the facility said.
"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."
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