MI nursing home employee arrested for beating Alzheimer's patient, stealing wedding ring off her finger

by Bryan Brammer · Aug 13th, 2020 1:21 pm

Last Updated Aug 15th, 2020 at 2:44 am

A male orderly at a Michigan nursing home facility has been arrested for beating and stealing from a 69-year-old Alzheimer's patient, according to video footage confiscated by local police.

Kristine Tracy's husband, Stan, could no longer take care of his wife's Alzheimer's so he placed her in a nursing home at Villa at Green Lake Estates in West Bloomfield on July 11.

On the same day Tracy was admitted to the nursing home, certified nursing assistant Tirrell Mercer, 31, attacked the elderly resident and stole her wedding ring.

Although the nursing home told Tracy's husband that her injuries were a result of a fall, Deputy Chief Curtis Lawson with West Bloomfield Police confirmed Mercer's attack.

"So this incident actually came to our attention on July 15. The victim's husband came in, stated that he had just seen her at a local hospital, and she had a contusion above her right eye, and there was a lot of scratches around her ring finger, so he's obviously concerned for her welfare," Lawson said. "We looked into it right away and found out that the incident itself actually happened on July 11 at a local nursing home here within West Bloomfield. Our detectives began the investigation. They determined pretty quickly who the suspect was, they obtained video from the facility itself and they actually watched as the individual on several occasions tried to remove the ring from our victims finger, and in doing so, roughed up our victim and allegedly caused injuries to our finger."

Mercer was charged with Elder Abuse in the 4th Degree and Unarmed Robbery.

Stan Tracy criticized the nursing home for how it handled the incident.

"When you run an organization like that and you abuse people that come out bruised, you are not doing any standard of care," Tracy said. "Honestly, I would've liked to of gone in there and grabbed people by the throat and shaken them."


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