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Police won’t lay charges in elder abuse case

Brendan Wedley, The Saturday Sun

Police confirmed Friday they won’t be laying an assault charge in the St. Joseph’s at Fleming senior abuse scandal that was uncovered then the son of a resident, Camille Parent, placed a hidden camera in his mother’s room. “The investigation is lacking in criminal intent and therefore we will not be laying any criminal charges,” Peterborough Lakefield Police Inspector Larry Charmley said Friday. Police considered laying an assault charge against one of the four employees fired after the video was made public. The video showed the female employee roughly handling an 85-year-old who has Alzheimer’s and at one point shoving a feces-covered cloth in front of the resident’s face. After meeting with Charmley and a Crown attorney, Camille Parent suggested that the officials are playing with words by calling the actions abuse and not assault. “It’s almost as if we’re trying to sweep this under the rug” he said, “The abuse has got to stop and it starts with the law.”

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