SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) 39-year-old Lisa Wall of Duryea and 41-year-old Eileen Dougherty of Scranton turned themselves in Thursday.
The two women are former employees of The Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania, previously working at one of its group homes.
They took care of a resident with mental challenges. According to court paperwork, ten separate videos show the women throwing chicken at different areas of the home and laughing as the victim eats it.
These locations include under the toilet, shower, basement floor, porch, snow and grass while using phrases like “front yard chicken” to get the victim’s attention. Documents also show the employees threw wet towels at the victim’s head and encouraged her to sing a racial slur.
“Require individuals to take care of them and the individuals who were made to do that took advantage of them. And that’s something that certainly shocks the conscience,” Chief Carl Graziano of the Scranton Police Department said.
Paperwork shows Scranton Police conducted a welfare check on December 27th, 2019 at the home. They met with the state’s Adult Protective Services, acting on a tip, in which Dougherty shared the videos with her ex-boyfriend on Facebook. He then reported it.
“At that point we had not seen them. It was later on when we had watched the videos and obviously we were horrified,” said Maryclaire Kretsch, Executive Director of the Arc of Northeastern Pennsylvania.
She says the non-profit serves 350 people with developmental disabilities each week. Each caregiver is given a background check and training to provide the utmost care.
“The Arc utilizes every measure we can to prevent incidents like this.”
Dougherty and Wall walked into court free and walked out in handcuffs. Both are charged with ten counts of “Abuse of Care-Dependent Person.”
Scranton Police Chief Carl Graziano said,
“The district judge was shocked at what had occurred and so are we.”