A resident at a group home for people with developmental disabilities in Alabama has suffered second-degree burns after two caregivers poured boiling water on him.
Kevin Jermaine Franklin, 22, and Dakerria Latrice Hall, 21, were charged with abuse and neglect of a protected person. They both bonded out of the Mobile Metro Jail.
“The people that are entrusted to be their caregivers have failed,” Chickasaw Police Chief Keith Miller said of the suspects.
“They not only have failed that patient but all the other patients, because for you to do something so depraved as dumping boiling water onto someone – and from what I’ve gathered in the investigation was only because the patient would not roll over for a diaper change – is incomprehensible.”
The 52-year-old male victim had physical and mental disabilities; he is now being treated for second-degree burns.
“It’s horrific, there’s no cause for it. The patients are there because they cannot care for themselves or perhaps they don’t have family members that can care for them, and that is an alternative for putting them into some other hospital.”