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Assisted living home shut down after reports of neglect, abuse

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Agnes Machoka Agnes Machoka
David Machoka David Machoka
Margaret Adhiambo Margaret Adhiambo

COLLEGEDALE, TN (WRCB) -- Three people are in jail and a business is closed after an investigation of elderly abuse at Moraa's Assisted Living Home for Seniors.

Collegedale Police say they began investigating the business, owned by David and Agnes Machoka, after several reports of elder abuse in February.

The investigation revealed that the assisted living home employed one person, Margaret Adhiambo who was often the only person on duty and was responsible for eight patients. Police say Adhiambo did not have a license to administer medication or care for their needs.

Two patients were removed from the home by family when they suspected abuse. In both cases medical records showed they were not being given critical medication.

In another incident, witnesses say Adhiambo grabbed an elderly patient by the ankles and shook them roughly. Medical records showed the patient was severely dehydrated and also suffering from a urinary tract infection.

In addition, the facility was out of fire code compliance and had already been on notice for several violations from a previous inspection which had not yet been corrected.

Police say Adhiambo and the Machokascs were criminally negligent. They were each charged with two counts of physical abuse gross negligence and six counts of willful abuse, neglect or exploitation prohibited. All 3 suspects are held on a $10,000 bond.

Family members were able to pick up their relatives.

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