Family of deceased rape victim sues Mt. Pleasant hospice facility operators

Calvin Williams
Calvin Williams

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The family of the now-deceased woman raped inside a Mount Pleasant hospice in February has filed a civil lawsuit against its operators.

The family of the 86-year-old woman alleges that Gentiva Health Services failed "to provide reasonable and necessary security and protection" at their hospice center located on Wando Park Boulevard.

The lawsuit states that on Feb. 12, around 3:40 a.m., a homeless man who was wandering in the area approached the hospice facility and was able to view the woman in her room.  Authorities say the man then moved to a door, which was unlocked, and was able to enter.

Once inside, the homeless man was able to walk past a nurse standing at a nurses' station near the woman's room, the suit says.

The homeless man then went into the room and raped the woman, according to authorities.  When she began screaming, the suit states that staff locked the man in her room, where the victim continued to scream, until police arrived to arrest her attacker.

The victim's family also alleges that the victim's contact information was not correctly recorded, and her family was not notified in an expedient manner.  The family also alleges that the victim was left in her bed, where she was raped, for hours following the incident.  They said that she was denied water and care, additionally.

Her attacker, 54-year-old Calvin Williams, is being held without bail in the Charleston County Jail.  He is facing charges of first-degree burglary and first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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