The Star Adviser reports that a former adult daycare staff member has been charged for abusing two of the mentally disabled clients who were under his care.
Attorney General Pursues Charges
According to Attorney General Doug Chin, former employee of Responsive Caregivers of Hawaii, Lawrence Paul Miguel, is facing charges on four counts of endangering the welfare of an incompetent person.
Miguel is accused of abusing two people in two separate incidents on June 11, 2014. Thankfully, there was an eyewitness to the incidents who was able to intervene, as both victims are unable to communicate due to their intellectual disabilities.
Miguel bent one client’s wrist backwards before grabbing him by the shirt and forcing him into a wall. The second was forced onto the ground, straddled, and choked after taking a sandwich.
The Attorney General is determined to prosecute, and if Miguel is convicted he faces up to a year in jail.
Common Types of Adult Abuse
- Physical – the easiest form of abuse to spot, loved ones and caregivers are advised to watch for bruises or injuries.
- Sexual – any unwanted touch or inappropriate gestures or jokes can be considered sexual abuse. There may be marks in private areas, but the signs are likely to be more subtle. Changes in emotional state or withdrawal from normal activities may be observed.
- Verbal – this abuse can be the hardest to spot, and is one of the most common to occur in this environment. The signs can also be seen in changes of emotional state and change in behavior.
- Financial – theft of property and asking patients to write checks are some examples of this type of abuse. Those with mental impairments shouldn’t be given expensive items or extra cash as it could make patients a target.