Saturday, May 3, 2008

Washing Elder With Hose Lands Caregiver in Jail

Dusty Ricketts submitted by E Malone

FORT WALTON BEACH — A former caregiver was arrested Wednesday after he allegedly stripped one of his patients naked and hosed him off outside in front of children after the patient had defecated on himself. Carl Anthony Maycock, 52, Fort Walton Beach, was arrested Wednesday morning on one third degree felony count of abusing a disabled person. If convicted, Maycock could receive up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. Maycock is a former caregiver at the Fort Walton Beach Developmental Center.

According to a probable cause affidavit , one of Maycock’s patients had defecated on himself on Sept. 30, 2007. Rather than taking the man into his room to clean him off, Maycock allegedly pushed the wheelchair-bound man on to the back patio, where he stripped him down and washed him off with the water hose. According to the affidavit, several employees at Fort Walton Beach Developmental Center verbally tried to stop Maycock, but his large size intimidated them and he continued to hose the patient down for 15 to 20 minutes, one witness said. The Gulf Coast Treatment Center is located next to the Developmental Center, and several juveniles reported witnessing the assault. The victim has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and mental retardation and is unable to speak.

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