MARRERO, La. (WGNO) – Family members at a West Bank health care center are being notified about a sexual assault against an elderly resident at the facility. It happened Friday morning at Wynhoven Health Care Center in Marrero.
WGNO News Reporter Darian Trotter has details and reaction from loved ones.
“Wow, that’s heart-breaking, and emotionally scary,” Carlos Armas said.
Shock and awe — from family members with loved ones at Wynhoven Health Care Center in Marrero.
The wave of emotion was still rippling hours after Jefferson Parish deputies responded to reports of an elderly resident allegedly raped by a staff member.
“What kind of man would do something like that to an elderly person?”
50-year old Kenneth Whidden.
He’s the certified nurse’s assistant who was allegedly caught Friday morning with his pants down ; lying in the bed of a 78-year old woman.
“I say they should hang him. No trial; just hang him,” resident Warren Martin said.
Carlos Armas’ mother is 71-years old.
“I hate for that to happen to an elderly person, especially with my mother living there,” Armas said.
Warren Martin has lived at Wynhoven the past 9-years.
He says neighbors are angry and deeply disturbed about the accusations against the care-taker.
“He’s there to take care of people, not to take advantage of people,” Martin said.
A female nurse made the discovery while checking on residents at 2:30 am.
She walked in during the alleged sexual activity.
Armas says he should have been notified by administrators.
“I’m my mother’s caretaker and they have my phone number and everything. And I think the appropriate thing for them to do was to call me and advise me of what happened so I can be concerned and check up on here.”
The health care center falls under the umbrella of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. In a statement officials there said… “The care and safety of our residents is our first priority. “This action is unacceptable, and we will not tolerate this kind of behavior from anyone. “Our prayers are with the victim, and her family.”
“I think they should have their staff screened better, that they hire. So they know what kind of people they’re hiring,” Martin said.
Staff members at the center are in the process of contacting resident families.
Whidden has been arrested and charged with one count each of aggravated rape and sexual battery.