Caregiver accused of abusing 83-year-old Alzheimer's patient

by: Amy Napier Viteri Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - Chamblee police arrested a caregiver and charged her with elder abuse and simple battery after they say she repeatedly hit an 83-year-old Alzheimer's patient.

Officers booked 52-year-old Domita Bailey into the DeKalb County jail after another caretaker at the UniHealth Post Acute Care facility on Ashton Woods Drive reported hearing noises and seeing Bailey striking 83-year-old Beatrice Afflick.

Police told Channel 2's Amy Napier Viteri Bailey claimed she was trying to clean Afflick at the time.

"It's just shocking, terrible...It's scary", said one woman who didn't want to be identified because she has a loved one at the facility. "There are a lot of people here that are really nice."

In an email Afflick's family wrote they're not only shocked, but concerned for her well-being as she's still under the facility's care. Afflick's niece told Viteri by phone they want to reserve judgment and further comment until the investigation into what happened is complete.

Channel 2 Action News reached out to UniHealth by phone and in-person, but staff told Viteri no one could comment and asked them to leave the property. Family members told Channel 2 Action News the administrator at the facility told them Bailey's license has been revoked and she can no longer work in the industry. 


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