Elder Abuse in MN update

January 21st 2009

ALBERT LEA, Minn. — Two young women have made their first court appearance on assault and other charges for allegedly abusing 15 residents at an Albert Lea nursing home.

However, Brianna Marie Broitzman and Ashton Michelle Larson did not enter a plea Wednesday in Freeborn County District Court.

District Judge Steven Schwab ordered the 19-year-old woman to report to the county jail by 5 p.m. Wednesday to be booked, fingerprinted and photographed.

He set bail at $6,000 for their unconditional release and $2,000 if the women accept some restrictions on themselves. Both women say they will post bail and avoid jail time. 

The women were working at Good Samaritan Society nursing home when the alleged abuse occurred over several months in early 2008.

Prosecutors say they inflicted humiliating physical, emotional and sexual abuse on 15 residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or both. ‘Scuse me for interrupting here…$6,000 bail?!? WTF…this is SEXUAL ABUSE and they’re allowed to be free on $6,000 bail?!?  UGH!  a man abuses his daughter he get $100,000 bail, which doesn’t get paid and he stays in…why are these brats special?

Update January 22nd 2009

Nineteen-year-old Ashton Larson, charged with 11 criminal counts of abuse against the elderly wouldn’t show her face to the media cameras Wednesday.

She wouldn’t answer questions.

But she did have to answer to a judge.

Larson and 19-year-old Brianna Broitzman were in a Freeborn County court today, both accused of abusing elderly residents last year at the Good Samaritan nursing home while they were nursing assistants.

Larson and Broitzman are accused of spitting into residents mouths, performing sex acts on them, flipping water on them and taunting them repeatedly while sometimes taking pictures.

“I am very sad that my mother in law and other victims had to go through this in order to draw attention to the fact that we need so much change and help for our elders,” Jan Reshetar, a relative of a victim said Wednesday.

The young women were in high school at the time of these allegations.

Once Good Samaritan staff became aware of the allegations the girls were fired. 

Wednesday in court both of the girls stayed silent under fire.

But the victims, 15 in all, have families that speak for them.

All of the victims named in the complaint were suffering from either dementia or Alzheimer’s.

“You feel frozen, you don’t have anything, no feeling just frozen and you don’t know how to feel,” Jean Hanson, a daughter of two of the victims said.

Both women are charged with only misdemeanors, 11 for Broitzman and 10 for Larson.

Jan Reshetar’s mother in law is named as a victim by the prosecutor but her sadness spilled over today not just for her family but for the accused.

“As angry as I get with them at times I am still very sad for them, they could have done anything, and they could have been anything.”

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