Ridgeville woman arrested on 2 counts of abuse of vulnerable adults

Ridgeville woman arrested on 2 counts of abuse of vulnerable adults

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Ridgeville woman was arrested Thursday after an investigation of abuse allegations involving adults in her care.

Georgette Williams, 36, is charged with two counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult, according to arrest records.

Williams was employed by a contract company for the South Carolina Department of Disability and Special Needs facility, court affidavits state.

A witness contacted the State Law Enforcement Division's Vulnerable Adult Unit on Dec. 31 and accused Williams of "yelling, intimidating and pushing the supported persons," the affidavits state.

Investigators say the witness claimed she saw several incidents of Williams intimidating, abusing and treating residents in a rough manner. The witness said she witnessed Williams yelling at a victim, then saw her push him over his bed, causing him to fall over to the other side onto the floor.

On another occasion, the witness reported observing red bruising on the victim's face and scratches on his neck. The witness said when she mentioned the injuries to Williams, Williams said the victim's electric razor was dull and caused the scratches. The investigator stated the witness provided a picture of the victim's face and said "it is obvious that he was forcibly shaved to cause the redness and bruising, which he sustained."

Investigators say additional witnesses stated Williams yells at the supported persons and on numerous occasions made the victim sit on the floor with his back against the wall and his hands behind his back.

A witness also claimed to have seen Williams push a victim up against the hallway wall and yell at him for not changing his clothes that morning.

Williams was given a $10,000 bond on Thursday.

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