Attorney: Elderly man abused at nursing home moved to different location

Family wants to move 101-year-old to new facility
Deasmond Kimbrough (Source: MPPD)
Deasmond Kimbrough (Source: MPPD)

MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - An attorney for a 101-year-old man allegedly abused at a nursing home in Mount Pleasant says his client has been moved to a different facility.

The elderly man had been in a Mount Pleasant nursing home, where the alleged abused happened. He has since been moved to a James Island nursing home, according to his attorney.

The victim's granddaughter said her grandfather told her he was having problems at the Mount Pleasant facility more than a year ago, but kept quiet, fearing retaliation.

On Tuesday, Mt. Pleasant Police charged Mt. Pleasant Manor certified nursing assistant Deasmond Kimbrough with abuse of a vulnerable adult.

The arrest was made a few days after Julie Johnston had a private detective place a hidden camera in her grandfather's room.

Johnston and her lawyer say the video shows the 101 year old hospice patient being taunted and touched even though he tried to fight back.

"I needed to know that I had evidence that was irrefutable that they can't say, oh, it was just a game they were playing," Johnston said. "He feels a lot better knowing that the abuser is gone and that he feels like he can relax a little and be able to sleep and not have to feel like he's scared and terrified all the time."

What still troubles Johnston and her lawyer is that her grandfather is still living at Mt. Pleasant Manor.

They have appealed to several agencies for help the move him to another nursing home.

"He should be out already. I mean, that's as simply as I can put it. He should not be there," said attorney Matt Yelverton.

"It's really upsetting and hurtful and painful just to know that this has occurred. I'm just thankful that we caught it now," Johnston added.

Johnston said she hopes her grandfather will soon be moved to a nursing home in Mt. Pleasant.

Kimbrough's attorney John Thompson declined to comment on the allegations against his client.

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