Search warrant served at Morven personal care home
A two month investigation has led to the arrest of six people after search warrants were served to Uplift Personal Care Home and a location in the 7400 block of Chase Way in Hahira according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations.
The GBI, Brook's County Sheriff's Officer, Morven Police Department and Lowndes County Sheriff's Office initiated the simultaneous search warrants Thursday morning.
The investigation began as a result of neglect that clients were not adequately being fed, issues of physical abuse and financial exploitation.
GBI officials say that the actions of those arrested were carried over the past 12 months.
During the search, 10 residents of the care home were relocated to other facilities by adult protective services.
Those arrested include:
59-year-old Uplift owner Tyrone Terrell of Jacksonville, Florida, was arrested and charged with Operating a Personal Care Home without a License, Exploitation-8 Counts, Abuse and Neglect of a Disabled Adult and Simple Battery.
56-year-old Uplift volunteer Donald Randall of Morven, Georgia, was arrested for Exploitation-5 Counts, Abuse and Neglect of a Disabled Adult and Aggravated Assault.
28-year-old Uplift volunteer Robert Klock of Hahira, Georgia, was arrested for Exploitation, Abuse and Neglect of a Disabled Adult, Aggravated Assault and Battery.
56-year-old Uplift employee Wilbert Davis of Morven, Georgia, was arrested for Exploitation- 3 Counts, Abuse and Neglect of a Disabled Adult and Simple Battery.
53-year-old Uplift resident Paul Graham of Morven, Georgia, was arrested for Exploitation, Abuse or Neglect of a Disabled Adult and Aggravated Battery.
63-year-old Uplift resident Denise Dermody of Morven, Georgia, was arrested for Exploitation and Abuse and Neglect of a Disabled Adult.
Other agencies assisting in the operation include Georgia Department of Community Health-Division of Health Facility Regulations, Benchmark Human Services, Adult Protective Services, South Georgia Ambulance, Southern Circuit District Attorney's Office and Brooks County Victim's Assistance.