A disturbing video has been released of an 89-year-old dementia patient being punched 11 times by a nursing home employee.
When the man’s grandson, Daniel Nassrallah viewed the footage of his grandfather being beaten, he told InsideEdition.com, “Literally, my legs collapsed.”
After dementia patient, Georges Karam suffered numerous, unexplainable injuries at the Garry J. Armstrong long-term care center in Ottawa, Canada, relatives installed a video camera in his room. Nassrallah said that when he and his family asked the facility about Karam’s injuries including bruises and cuts, they never really gave them an answer.
So, with the center’s permission, a baseball-sized camera was installed on the wall facing the man’s bed back in February and the staff was informed about the device. Just a few weeks later, Nassrallah and his wife were watching the footage from his grandfather’s room when they saw a caregiver enter and act extremely aggressive.
“He threw him around the bed. My grandfather started to flail and tried to bat him away. Then he started punching my grandfather in the head,” Nassrallah told InsideEdition.com. The horrifying video shows employee, Jie Xiao, hitting the elderly man 11 times, who is non-verbal and confined to a wheelchair.
Nassrallah immediately called police and headed with his brothers to the nursing home. There they encountered Xiao in the lobby and escorted him upstairs, where the police had already arrived. Nassrallah showed officers the video on his cell phone, and Xiao was arrested on the spot.
On June 27, he pleaded guilty to one count of assault and is free on bail pending his sentencing hearing. Xiao has been fired from the nursing home and police are investigating whether other patients were harmed while under his care.
“The safety and well-being of all of our residents is our No. 1 priority,” Janice Burelle, general manager of Ottawa community and social services, told the Ottawa Citizen. “We take our commitment to safety seriously,” Burelle continued.
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[Featured Image Credit: DNG Nassrallah Law Office]