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      Caregiver charged with physically abusing nursing home patient in Hoover

      Taneka Kiera Hopkins
      A 28-year-old Pinson woman working as a caregiver is in trouble for what police think she did to her 80-year-old patient. Hoover investigators believe Taneka Kiera Hopkins beat the 80-year-old man. Police learned a man who lives in the South Haven Health and Rehab facility was injured. Officers launched an investigation and made an arrest. Hopkins was booked and issued a $15,000 bond. Hopkins' job was to take care of the man. Investigators believe Hopkins did the opposite. Police charged Hopkins with elderly abuse. "Sadly, this employee did slap this patient numerous times and manhandle him," said Hoover Police Captain Gregg Rector. Captain Rector says Hopkins was a caregiver at South Haven Health and Rehab. The patient is an 80-year-old man living with Alzheimer's and dementia. Police learned of the man's injuries earlier this month. "We had the administrators at South Haven who were very involved when they became aware of it," added Captain Rector. Captain Rector told ABC 33/40 the man is frail, bed-ridden and can't take care of himself. Investigators talked with the facility's staff and man's family members to gather enough evidence to arrest Hopkins. "There was visual evidence that will help us prove what this employee did," added Captain Rector. ABC 33/40 went to South Haven to get more details. An administrator told ABC 33/40 a statement would come from corporate management. The statement, from Ken Holmes, reads: "South Haven Health and Rehabilitation, LLC upon notification of this issue immediately terminated the individual involved and is cooperating fully with the police investigation as well as with the family in resolving this matter.{} South Haven demands the ultimate level of respect and professional treatment from those who care for our residents.{} All facility staff and care-givers are trained to provide the individualized care each resident needs and deserves."
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