An 82-year-old resident of Rock Hill’s Oak Bridge Terrace Assisted Living Facility was found dead on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Pauline Cook, of Gaston County, had moved into the Park Point Village Assisted Living Community, along Chesbrough Boulevard, eleven years ago. She was active and enjoyed visiting with her family and playing bingo.
Investigators said she was found in the shower that morning, where it first appeared she has fallen. Attempts to revive her were unsuccessful and she was pronounced dead. The scene was described by law enforcement as “suspicious.”
The York County Coroner’s Office contacted police after examining Cook’s injuries and determining they were not consistent with a fall.
30-year-old Braquette Walton was charged with Cook’s murder by the Rock Hill Police Department on Thursday and is being held without bail. She was accused of forging Cook’s checks, to the amount of $1,280, on the day before the elderly woman was found dead.
Walton had been suspended from work after the theft charges but managed to get back into the facility on Saturday night.
The case is still under investigation.
Nursing Home Abuse in South Carolina
Different types of nursing home abuse and neglect:
Physical – Intentional acts resulting in pain, injury, or impairment. This can range from outright physical assaults to using unnecessary restraints.
Emotional & Psychological – Verbal and nonverbal forms of abuse, such as intimidation, humiliation, and isolation.
Sexual – Any sexual contact or act done without someone’s consent.
Financial – Unauthorized use of someone’s funds or property. Includes theft, fraud, and identity theft.
Healthcare Fraud – Includes overcharging, overmedicating or under-medicating, and failure to provide services that a patient has been charged for.
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