Maimouna Nyan, a Lauderhill, Florida home health care aide, was arrested on Thursday after authorities accused her of leaving one of her disabled patients stuck on a bedside toilet for almost nine hours, according to news reports. Nyan, 22, was booked into Broward County Jail on a charge of neglecting a disabled adult. She was later relased after paying $5,000 bail bond, sources indicate. It is not clear whether she has retained a private criminal defense lawyer.
According to local news outlets, the 47-year-old victim is physically disabled and not able to move about by herself. The identity of the victim has not been released to the public due to the nature of the crime, and she has not yet spoken to the press about the indicent. The woman had been employing Nyan thrhough a company called ResCare Inc., which specializes in at-home medical services. It is not known whether Nyan will be allowed to retain her position with the company pending trial. ResCare has not released a statement regarding the allegations.
Sources indicate that the alleged abuse occurred on April 7th. It is not known why Nyan was not arrested until this week. On the 7th, Nyan allegedly arived at the woman’s home as planned. She helped the victim onto the commode (a bedside toilet-shaped chamber pot) at around 2:00 in the afternoon, after which the victim apparatly fell asleep. Nyan then allegedly left the home, leaving the disabled woman stuck on the toilet.
The victim purportedly awoke when Nyan called her at around 3:00 in the afternoon. Nyan apparantly said that she had left to move her car, but that it had been towed. Nyan claimed that she had to go retrieve the vehicle, during which time the victim remained stuck on the commode. She allegedly spoke to Nyan three times and asked her to come back and help her back into bed, but Nyan did not return.
The victim, according to the press, sat on the portable toilet for nearly nine hours and experience discomfort from having her legs pinched against the bed. Reports indicate that the victim was finally able to leave the commode when er daughter came home to the residencae and helped her off. It is not clear whether the woman attempted to call her daughter or anyone other than Nyan during her ordeal.
Nyan’s arrest comes after a string of fraud allegations involving South Floridian home health care aides. Three home health aides – Angela Byrd, Tanecia Josephs, and – were arrested in Fort Lauderdale in late June after the family of a 99-year-old woman accused them of stealing nearly $400,000. The trio allegedly accomplished this by writing checks to themselves or padding their alloted paychecks, then having the woman sign them.
Byrd, who worked for the anonymous victim from January 2008 to March 2010, is accused of being the ringleader. The other two women worked for shorter period, subbing for Byrd when she was unavailable. The alleged theft came to light when family members discovered that the elderly woman’s health expenses with extremely high.