The Citizen’s Voice reported the assault suffered by Ruth Ann Albrecht at Allied Services Meade Street Skilled Nursing facility. Berlanne Smith was charged criminally in December with the assault and harassment of Ruth Ann. Ruth Ann had to file a claim to request compensation for the alleged abuse and neglect. The lawsuit blames a co-worker who witnessed the abuse and their employer, Allied Services Personal Care, Inc. Smith assaulted Albrecht while she was in the shower, the complaint alleges.
“The defendant, Berlanne Smith, while working in the aforesaid facility, engaged in the most depraved conduct that a human being can perpetuate,” the Complaint states. “That is, she took advantage of one of the most vulnerable members of society’s population: a weak, frail, demented, elderly woman.”
According to the police account of the assault, certified nursing aide Lawrence VanBuren-Morgan reported hearing a female resident “screaming at the top of her lungs” and found Smith “grabbing and twisting” at Albrecht’s breast.
Smith left the room, but a short time later VanBuren-Morgan saw her return and close the door, police said. When Albrecht began screaming again, VanBuren-Morgan found her with a bloody nose, saying Smith had hit her in the face, according to police.
The civil complaint targets VanBuren-Morgan as well as Smith, alleging he “did not properly intervene” nor timely report the assault.