A North Caroline fight club has been discovered at the Danby House, an assisted living facility in Winston-Salem North Carolina. As new details emerge, news sources like The Washington Post have tried to cover this developing story.
The North Carolina fight club was created by three nursing aides at the Danby House: Marilyn Latish McKey, 32, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, 20, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan, 26. These three women have been arrested and charged with assault on an individual with a disability in early October.
According to official sources, the “fighters” in the North Carolina fight club were dementia patients under the care of the three aides. According to court documents, the aides filmed two residents in the Danby House Special Care Unit for residents with dementia. The women, referred to as Resident 8 and Resident 9, were encouraged to fight by the three aides who recorded the fight on a cell phone.
The two women in the North Carolina fight club were 70 and 73 years old. Video shows the residents falling onto a bed in Resident 8′s room as Resident 9 continued to strike her according to court documents reviewed by journalists. One shouted for help but was only chastised by one of the aides who told her “Stop screaming, [expletive]” as a separate aide yelled to “punch her in the face.” The only other sentiments expressed by the aides was concern over whether the phone is actually recording the video so that it could be sent later.
Once the North Carolina fight club was discovered, Marilyn Latish McKey, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan were fired by Danby House administrators. Additionally, a spokesperson for Affinity Living LLC, the parent company for Danby House and fourth-largest provider of Alzheimer’s care and memory care in the country, according to its website, released a statement regarding the North Carolina fight club.
In their statement, the corporation stated that “Administrators have been working closely with the Winston-Salem Police Department throughout its investigation to ensure justice is served” and promised that staff would go through additional training and a more rigorous vetting process before being allowed to interact with residents. The statement also assured citizens that “Danby House has undergone leadership changes in recent months” and promised a return to their “high standard of care” moving forward.
The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services sent letters to the chief administrator of Danby House on Aug. 21, outlining multiple violations concerning patient care related to the North Carolina fight club. The department suspended the home from taking in new patients until further notice.
According to Lieutenant Gregory Dorn with the Winston-Salem police department, none of the residents who were part of the North Carolina fight club suffered injuries from the fighting and shoving. Lt. Dorn also told reporters that several videos have been seized and placed into evidence related to the incident and authorities continue to search for videos uploaded to social media.
Marilyn Latish McKey, Tonacia Yvonne Tyson, and Taneshia Deshawn Jordan have been released on bond with a court date set for November 14. The women face Class A misdemeanors, which feature a maximum penalty of 150 days in prison and a fine of a discretionary amount.
For more information about physical abuse in nursing homes and its prevention, visit the National Association of Nursing Home Attorneys’ Physical Abuse Page.