Elder abuse of Joey Cason

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The elder abuse of Joey Cason occurred on November 7, 2013 when elderly white male Joey Cason was assaulted by several black caretakers at a care home in Gordon, GA.[1]

Elder abuse of Joey Cason
Joey Cason assault.jpg
Screenshot of the assault
LocationTotal Care Personal Care Home, 126 Shinholster Street, Gordon, GA 31031[2]
Coordinates32°53′40″N 83°20′12″W / 32.894400°N 83.336680°W / 32.894400; -83.336680
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DateNovember 7, 2013
Attack type
Assault
VictimJoey Cason, white male
Assailants
  • Owen Pearson, black male[3]
  • Amber Coverson, black female
  • Shakia Smith, black female
  • Rodrekais Mosley, black male
  • Shemira Bivins, black female
Joey Cason
Joey Cason.jpg
Owen Pearson
Owen Pearson.jpg
Rodrekais Mosley
Rodrekais Mosley.jpg
Amber Coverson
Amber Coverson.jpg
Shakia Smith
Shakia Smith.jpg
Shemiria Bivins
Shemiria Bivins.jpg

Incident[edit]

According to WTHR,[4]

A Georgia family has released video of caretakers beating their loved one in a facility for patients with disabilities.

Joey Cason is a 55-year-old man who is "severely mentally disabled," according to his lawyer. Cason's family admitted him to a Georgia care facility called Total Care when they could no longer care for him. But they later discovered those workers were not caring for him either, after video from a Nov. 7, 2013 attack showed the staff repeatedly hitting and punching Carson with a belt and their hands.

Although the video is from 2013 and there is still an ongoing lawsuit, the family said they released it now to shed light on similar situations happening all over the state.

Police charged a caretaker with battery and abuse and neglect of an elder person in the case. There is an ongoing case with the facility's former owner.

The state revoked Total Care's license after an investigation into the incident. Cason is now in a different home, and his attorney said he's doing well.

Lawsuit[edit]

Cason's family sued the care home and the individuals involved, and won a $64 million judgment.[5] A civil complaint stated that:

Defendant Shakie Smith "repeatedly attacked Joey with a belt, attacking him at least 18 times." According to court records, she pleaded guilty to aggravated assault and exploiting an elderly or disabled person.

Another defendant, Rodrekais Mosley, "knocked Joey over a desk.”

Defendant Amber Coverson "hit Joey with a belt and slapped him in the face," the complaint states. She pleaded guilty in a criminal case to exploiting an elderly or disabled person.

Defendant Owens Pearson, "repeatedly punched Joey in his face with his fist during the day," including both morning and afternoon, according to the lawsuit. He pleaded guilty to simple battery, according to court records.

Another employee, Audey Ray, pleaded guilty to simple battery, court records show.

And Porsha Richardson pleaded guilty to one count of exploiting an elderly or disabled person and one count of simple battery, according to court records.

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