The abuse of the elderly by nursing home staff rose to new heights as a licensed practical nurse in New Jersey repeatedly abused and stole from nursing home residents over a period of four years. 28-year old Devin Bonsall worked in eight different nursing homes in New Jersey from 2003 to 2007. She was finally caught after an investigation by the New Jersey Office of the Ombudsman for the Institutionalized Elderly. A nurse investigator was able to pick out a pattern regarding several complaints from family members, social workers, anonymous callers, and the facilities themselves. In all the complaints, the nursing home staff would pinch and slap the victims. From these intial reports, the Office of the Ombudsman was able to connect Devin Bonsall to the more serious offenses.
This is not the first time Devin Bonsall has run in with the law. In November 2003, she was charged with two counts of elder neglect, two counts of theft of a controlled dangerous substance, and two counts of possession of a controlled dangerous substance. Despite these serious charges in her previous history, it is currently unclear how she was able to find jobs at the various other facilities where she continued to abuse and neglect the elderly.
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