Vernon Group Home Worker Accused of Abusing Resident

Vernon police have arrested a staff member of a group home who is accused of abusing a resident who has the cognitive functioning of a small child. Police said it happened as she cleaned the resident, who had defecated on himself. 

Vernon police arrested 54-year-old Obbileita Prude, of Hartford, Wednesday in connection with an incident reported at a Vernon group home in October 2017. 

Police said a concerned staff member had called authorities and reported that Prude “bullied” the victim, “slapped his face” and “pushed” him against a wall while she cleaned him after he defecated himself. 

Vernon police also notified the State Department of Developmental Services and worked with them on the investigation. 

Farmington police located Prude, then Vernon police took her into custody, according to police. 

She was charged with cruelty to persons, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and unlawful restraint. She was held on a $10,000 surety bond and will appear in Rockville Superior Court today. 

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