Sisters Claim Innocence in Elder Abuse Case, Waive Preliminary Hearings

| August 18, 2017

JEFFERSON CO., Pa. (EYT) – The cases against two CNA’s accused of abusing an elderly man at a Jefferson County nursing facility have been waived for court.

(Pictured above: CNA’s Hannah Shirey and Haley Shirey)

According to court documents, on Thursday morning, criminal charges against 21-year-old Hannah Shirey, 21-year-old Haley Shirey, and 20-year-old Rebekah Call (an LPN Supervisor), all of Strattanville, were transferred to Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas.

It appeared there would be preliminary hearings for all three individuals as witnesses and family members filed into District Judge Greg Bazylak’s office.

However, it didn’t take long for Jefferson County District Attorney Jeff Burkett to say the trio had waived their respective hearings.

Hannah Shirey faces following charges:

– Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2
– Neglect of Care Dependent Person, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Conspiracy – Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Disorderly Conduct Engage in Fighting, Misdemeanor 3
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

Haley Shirey faces the following charges:

– Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2
– Neglect of Care Dependent Person, Misdemeanor 1
– Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Conspiracy – Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Disorderly Conduct Engage in Fighting, Misdemeanor 3
– Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

Rebekah Call faces the following charges:

– Conspiracy – Strangulation – Applying Pressure to Throat or Neck, Felony 2
– Conspiracy – Neglect of Care Dependent Person, Misdemeanor 1
– Conspiracy – Simple Assault, Misdemeanor 2
– Conspiracy – Recklessly Endangering Another Person, Misdemeanor 2
– Conspiracy – Disorderly Conduct Engage in Fighting, Misdemeanor 3
– Conspiracy – Harassment – Subject Other to Physical Contact, Summary

Blair Hindman, the Shirey sisters’ attorney, stated, “These young ladies are contesting the charges against them.”

“They contend they didn’t do these things.”

Hindman explained that now the preliminary hearings have been waived, they will receive the police reports and then look at the evidence before deciding their courses of action.

Rebekah Call is being represented by attorney Ralph Montana.

All three defendants are free on $50,000.00 unsecured bail each.

The trio were reluctant to be filmed and left by the rear entrance with the Shirey sisters being driven by Hindman.

Case details:

According to the criminal complaint, on Wednesday, June 7, Brookville Borough Police Department Officer Markle responded to Laurelbrooke Landing, a facility of WRC Senior Services.

The director of the facility said that a caregiver-in-training reported abuse of two known Laurelbrooke Landing residents in the memory support unit.

The residents were allegedly physically and mentally abused by three staff members on June 6 between 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., the complaint states.

One of the residents needed to be helped up and dressed for supper. When Hannah Shirey and Haley Shirey entered his room, he was kicking and moving around while they attempted to dress him.

Haley Shirey allegedly started squeezing his neck and hitting him in the face. Later that night he needed help getting ready for bed, and Haley allegedly said to several people that she would “love to punch him in the face,” the complaint states.

Haley and Hannah went into the room to help him get ready for bed, and Hannah allegedly started choking him. The witness stated that the resident was gasping for air, the complaint indicates.

Hannah also allegedly grabbed “(the resident) by the hair, pulling it. Haley grabbed his leg and bent it toward his head causing pain to him once again,” the complaint states.

A doctor checked the resident and observed a bruise on his forehead and a scratch on his neck, according to the complaint.

A second resident began making noises, squealing – which is usual behavior for him. Hannah Shirey allegedly then went and got a cup of ice and dumped it down the resident’s back, and he began yelling at her for her actions, the complaint states.

According to the complaint, Rebekah Call, an LPN Supervisor, observed the actions of Haley Shirey and Hannah Shirey toward the residents. She is a mandated reporter for this type of abuse, and police indicated that she failed to report the actions of her co-workers, Haley Shirey and Hannah Shirey.

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