Sisters Found Guilty of Elder Abuse at Brookville Nursing Home

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) — Two former nursing home employees from Strattanville accused of abusing an elderly man at a Jefferson County nursing facility were found guilty on several charges on Friday.

(Pictured above: Hannah Shirey and Haley Shirey)

On Friday at the Jefferson County Courthouse, a jury found 22-year-old Haley B. Shirey guilty of neglect of a care-dependent person and simple assault and 22-year-old Hannah T. Shirey guilty of neglect of a care-dependent person, simple assault, and recklessly endangerment of another person.

Hannah Shirey was found not guilty on one count of strangulation.

A sentencing date has not been set.

According to the criminal complaint, on Wednesday, June 7, Brookville Borough Police Department Officer Markle responded to Laurelbrooke Landing, a facility of WRC Senior Services.

The director of the facility said that a caregiver-in-training reported abuse of two known Laurelbrooke Landing residents in the memory support unit.

The residents were allegedly physically and mentally abused by three staff members between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, the complaint states.

One of the residents needed to be helped up and dressed for supper. When Hannah Shirey and Haley Shirey, who were working as CNA’s at the time, entered his room, he was kicking and moving around while they attempted to dress him.

Haley Shirey allegedly started squeezing his neck and hitting him in the face. Later that night he needed help getting ready for bed, and Haley allegedly said to several people that she would “love to punch him in the face,” the complaint states.

Haley and Hannah went into the room to help him get ready for bed, and Hannah allegedly started choking him. The witness stated that the resident was gasping for air, the complaint indicates.

Hannah also allegedly grabbed “(the resident) by the hair, pulling it. Haley grabbed his leg and bent it toward his head causing pain to him once again,” the complaint states.

A doctor checked the resident and observed a bruise on his forehead and a scratch on his neck, according to the complaint.

A second resident began making noises, squealing – which is usual behavior for him. Hannah Shirey allegedly then went and got a cup of ice and dumped it down the resident’s back, and he began yelling at her for her actions, the complaint states.

Charges against the third staff member were withdrawn.

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