Two women accused of abusing 94-year-old nursing home resident in their care

Two women face a charge that they abused a 94-year-old resident of a Canal Winchester nursing home while working there.

Makiah Chane’l Halsell, 22, of Reynoldsburg, and Roberta I. Bower, 28, of the Southeast Side, were each indicted by a Franklin County grand jury on Monday on one count of fourth-degree patient abuse.

According to the Franklin County prosecutor’s office, the women worked at the Inn at Winchester Trail, where they were responsible for the care of the resident when the woman was in a wheelchair on June 3, 2018. Bower sprayed hairspray into the victim’s eyes and mouth from approximately a foot away, according to the prosecutor’s office, and Halsell recorded the incident and posted it on Snapchat.

“Both of the aides can be heard laughing throughout the video,” the prosecutor’s office said in a news release.

After the video was seen and reported to authorities, the two aides were suspended. They have since been fired, the prosecutor’s office said.

The Ohio attorney general’s office investigated.

Both women are to be arraigned on Sept. 30.

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