A caregiver at a group home for the developmentally disabled in Silver Lake is accused of dousing a female resident with Lysol and assaulting her, authorities said Tuesday.
Dhaka Battarai, 28, of Akron, is charged with assault of a functionally impaired person, a fourth-degree felony.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said it was contacted by the county Developmental Disabilities Board this month regarding a potential assault of a group-home resident.
An investigation showed that a caregiver allegedly assaulted a 41-year-old resident and doused her with Lysol while bathing her at the end of July, sheriff’s spokesman Bill Holland said. He declined to comment on why.
Holland described the victim as severely developmentally disabled.
Another individual witnessed the assault, authorities said.
Battarai was arrested Friday and is being held at the county jail. He is an employee of Hattie Larlham, which provides care for four individuals at the home.
Michelle Anderson, vice president of human resources and compliance at Hattie Larlham, said the agency responded swiftly. A supervisor immediately reported the incident, and the worker was removed from the home and put on leave during the investigation, she said.
A nurse also responded to the home to examine the resident.
“There were no injuries whatsoever,” Anderson said. “The resident is doing well and continues to do well.”
The agency has started the process to terminate Battarai, who had worked at the agency for about two years and had a clean record, Anderson said.
“Hattie Larlham, as always, is committed to the health and well-being of all the developmentally [disabled] people in their care,” she said.
DD Assistant Superintendent Lisa Kamlowsky declined to discuss the alleged incident.
The investigation is ongoing and additional charges are pending, Holland said.
The DD Board recently contracted with the sheriff’s office for a full-time detective to investigate such incidents. Holland said another individual has been charged with stealing pills.
“Already in a month, we’ve had two big cases,” he said. “That’s the exact reason why [the detective was hired],” he added. “These folks can’t care for themselves and speak for themselves.”
The board opted to have a detective dedicated because it’s easier than the agency doing investigations or having separate police agencies throughout the county handle cases, Kamlowsky said.
There also was concern that some incidents might not be pursued because of a lack of resources, she said.
The board had referred 49 cases to law enforcement agencies in the six months before contracting with the sheriff’s office.
The board serves more than 1,800 adults.
Kamlowsky said Stark County’s DD board also has contracted with its sheriff’s office.
Rick Armon can be reached at 330-996-3569 or email@example.com.