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Family sues S.D.-based company in elder abuse case

10-4-2010 Minnesota:

Another lawsuit stemming from a high-profile elder abuse case at a Minnesota nursing home has been filed in U.S. District Court of South Dakota.

The family of Sylvia Wulff, a deceased victim of the alleged abuse at the Evangelical Good Samaritan Society in Albert Lea, Minn., filed the lawsuit against the South Dakota-based company on Sept. 29 in Sioux Falls.

Albert Lea residents Brianna Broitzman and Ashton Larson, both 20, were charged with assault, abuse of vulnerable adults, disorderly conduct by a caregiver, failure to report abuse and other charges. Broitzman pleaded guilty in August to three counts of disorderly conduct by a caregiver.

Four other women were charged as juveniles with failure to report.

A Minnesota Department of Health investigation in 2008 concluded that the two led a group of young employees at the facility who poked residents in the breasts, rubbed their genitals, held them down until they screamed, hit them with canes and exposed their buttocks to other residents.

The lawsuit claims the company failed to properly screen or monitor the employees at the Albert Lea facility. Court documents show that the company cooperated with law enforcement once the incident was reported.

Civil suits in Minnesota die with the victim, but the claims are still open for litigation in South Dakota. Sioux Falls is home to the corporate offices of the Good Samaritan Society.

Wulff is the sixth deceased victim whose case has migrated to South Dakota. Previous suits were filed in April and June. ..Source.. by John Hult

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