George Hunter and Candice Williams
Detroit — Police have arrested a 49-year-old foster care worker who was captured on video beating a special needs resident with an extension cord and mop handle.
In a complaint filed on behalf of the victim’s mother Friday in the Third Circuit Court, a worker at the Strathmoor Manor foster care facility is accused of physically and psychologically abusing 24-year-old resident Vera Gossett.
“Vera Gossett was physically restrained without justification, man-handled, screamed at (often times with profanity), whipped with electrical cords and doused with water, when her behavior was not conforming,” read the complaint the Sam Bernstein Law Firm filed on behalf of Gossett’s mother, Jacqueline Gossett.
Investigators were alerted to the beating at Strathmoor Manor after WJBK-TV (Channel 2) reported a story Thursday night showing the video, filmed by an employee, in which the worker is seen assaulting the adult resident, who squirms and screams throughout.
“After we saw that story,” Sgt. Michael Woody said, “we removed the residents and had them sent to new homes.”
Detectives from the 2nd Precinct tracked down the employee and arrested her, Woody said. She’s expected to be charged with aggravated felonious assault, he said.
The woman has been fired, the television station reported, while the Michigan Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing has launched an investigation.
Phone calls to the six-bed foster care facility, which is licensed to house developmentally disabled and mentally impaired clients, were not returned Friday morning.
The victim sustained non-life-threatening injuries from the beating.