Three Women Accused of Running Fight Club Among Elderly Dementia Patients at North Carolina Assisted Living Facility

From left, Marilyn McKey, Tonacia Tyson and Taneshia Jordan.via WXII

Three women in North Carolina are accused of running a fight club among elderly people with dementia at an assisted living facility, police and state health officials say.

Marilyn McKey, Tonacia Tyson and Taneshia Jordan are facing charges of assaulting an individual with a disability in connection with them allegedly encouraging residents of the Danby House in Winston-Salem, North Carolina,to fight each other, police told NBC News in a statement.

Investigators from Winston-Salem police and the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services began looking into the center, where the three women worked, after receiving a tip, as first reported by the Winston-Salem Journal.

McKey’s, Tyson’s and Jordan’s alleged encouragement of the fights among residents happened in June and resulted “in one resident being strangled with her face turning red … while staff recorded and shared the video through social media,” a state Division of Health Service Regulation report found.

One of the three women was heard telling an elderly resident with dementia who was fighting another resident to “punch her in the face,” the state report said, citing video of the incident.

Another staff member could be heard saying, “Are you recording?” and “You gonna send it to me?” the report said.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Ben Kesslen