Patient Abuse Allegations At Caswell

There are allegations of patient abuse at a state-run facility in Eastern Carolina.

The Caswell Development Center is a state-run home for people with severe developmental disabilities in Kinston.

Three workers there have been fired after accusations they not only abused, but injured a resident.

According to officials a fourth worker is taking a leave of absence while the incident is investigated and a fifth has been cleared and is back to work.


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  • by Anonymous on Apr 11, 2009 at 10:50 AM
    People: they have not said ANYTHING about Race..They are talking about ABUSE! My mother works there and she loves here job. She don't get up every morning just to work she gets up because she loves her clients. Shame that everyone yells about racism when there is a problem. Never good enough you people!
  • by Amazed Location: Kinston on Apr 8, 2009 at 05:28 AM
    To Anonymous:It is a NC State policy,not Caswell that you can not discuss politics in the work place.Caswell had to comply with the State.We are a government agency and therefore no political activity is allowed on government property.Get a grip,it had nothing to do with the black man running for office.Why try to make every thing racial?And you are right,there is racism at Caswell,and it mostly centered against whites by blacks, not the other way around.All the people in higher positions that I have seen are friendly and speak to everyone.I am sure if you have an attitude toward them, they are not going to have a great attitude toward you.Remember the golden rule and remember it doesn't apply to one race, it applies to all. And then remember that this blog is about a client who was abused, not you....get over yourself.
  • by Anonymous Location: 20 year employee on Apr 5, 2009 at 01:43 PM
    On thing that I did not like about Caswell is that they asked us not to talk about the election. In a way they are taking away my freedom of speech. They were doing this because he is a black man running for President. But, when old man Bush was running we could talk about it!!! There is something defintely wrong with this picture. There is racism at Caswell and it is certainly "IN YOUR FACE!!!" People in higher positions at Caswell want you to look up to them. They won't speak to you unless you speak to them, but everybody is somebody at Caswell. Whether you are in Environment Service, Housekeeping, Dietary, Farmland, etc. You are still somebody, and it takes all of us to keep Caswell running properly. So all of your high sidity sophiscated employers get a grip, because we are all in this together.
  • by mom of 3 Location: KINSTON on Mar 31, 2009 at 03:31 PM
    I truely hate what happened to this client and I hope the ones responsible are dealt with. I too am an employee of Caswell Center and I can tell you that the clients get better care at caswell than in any nursing home or hospital I have worked in. Yes even caswell has bad apples that manage to get hired but most don't stay very long.For the most part the employees at caswell are hard working, devoted indivuals that truely have compassion for the clients. Yes our job can be very stressful at times but I can honestly say in the 8 years that I have been at Caswell I have never seen anyone abuse a resident which is a good thing because I would never tolerate it. We have special clients at caswell that can't take care of themselves and they depend on us to provide good quality care for them.If you talked with some of our higher functioning individuals they would tell you that they love caswell center and the staff that take care of them.
  • by No Joke Location: Kinston on Mar 29, 2009 at 06:45 PM
    I don't think this many people and family members would be making these comments if there there wasn't some truth in them. Obviously, this Center has some serious problems that need to be addressed. Other Centers, such as O'Berry and Cherry have been making headlines in the news lately too. There has to be something to all of this. People are pretty much saying alot of the same things about this place.
  • by Flabbergasted Location: Kinston on Mar 25, 2009 at 01:01 PM
    To Smiles: Are you kidding me? Do you know how you came off sounding? God is now smiting the staff at Caswell? I work at Caswell, and I just don't see all this abuse. Get a grip people. This has gotten to be a pitiful display of comments.
  • by sonohagon Location: right here on Mar 25, 2009 at 10:36 AM
    To Smiles: HUH????
  • by SMILES Location: KINSTON on Mar 24, 2009 at 10:22 AM
    THE INCIDENT WITH CASWELL CENTER I WAS A FORMER EMPLOYEE THERE ABUSED DOES GO ON ALOT OF TIMES IT ITS COVERD UP THIS IS A TIME THAT GOD IS UNCOVERING THE THAT PEOPLE ARE DOING JUDGEMENT IS BEING RELEASED THAT PEOPLE HAVE DONE WHAT THAT WANTED TO DO NOW THEY ARE REAPING WHAT THAT SOW SO NOW WE PRAY AND ASK GOD TO SEEN PEOPLE THERE TO WORK THAT REALLY ARE THERE FOR THE CLIENTS AND NOT JUST FOR A CHECK BUT AGAPE LOVE THAT REALLY WANTS TOWORK .
  • by Right On on Mar 21, 2009 at 06:54 PM
    Caswell Racism Location- You are so very right. How would you like to be a individual there with this kind of person supervising your care? Supervisors have a great deal of responsibility, and to have someone like this in charge is scary. The MRCHII has to be aware of her shortcomings and is responsible for her remaining in a job that she undoubtably is not suited for. Wonder what goes on in this unit. For someone like this to be a supervisor at a place like Caswell shows where the institutions failures are coming from.
  • by Caswell Racism Location: Everywhere on Mar 21, 2009 at 02:22 PM
    The comment at 12;46 AM on 3-14-09 by the person claiming to be a Supervisor at caswell. Just look at this person's writing and you will see what kind of people that SOME of the Supervisors are.They were given the job because of who they were friends with, not how intelligent or how well they did thier job. Look at the spelling in this persons comment.Racism was spelled RCISM. Communication was spelled CIMMUNICATION. Dietary was spelled DIETRRY.These were not mispelled just once but everytime the word was used in the comment, so its not just a wrong key hit accidently.How would you like for this person to be filling out your timesheet or your Annual Employee Evaluation? This is just pathetic.
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