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Chatham Co. assisted living facility employee arrested for assaulting 92-year-old woman

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (WNCN) - For the second time in two months, an employee at Chatham Ridge Assisted Living has been arrested.

In the latest incident, authorities said a 92-year-old resident was abused and assaulted.

The Chatham County Sheriff’s Office told CBS 17 it was contacted by staff at the assisted living facility on July 15. Authorities said the handicapped elderly person had “significant injuries” that led to bruising and swelling.

Iantha Southerland, 63, has been arrested and charged. Chatham Ridge said Southerland was a caregiver at the facility and has since been fired. 

"We hate that it happened. I would say that as soon as we learned of the allegation we took swift action,” said Ridge Care’s COO Marc Maready.

Ridge Care owns Chatham Ridge. 

Maready said this incident shows that the policies they have in place are working.

Back in June, 30-year-old Kelly Odima was arrested. Odima is accused of stealing a resident’s credit card and then making more than $2,800 in purchase on it. Maready said she, too, was fired. 

“We go through background checks. We do everything we can to make sure that we're attracting qualified candidates,” Maready said.

According to state records, Chatham Ridge received three out of five stars.

In its most recent inspection, the state found problems with building maintenance — door trims and power outlets.

Back in 2016, Chatham Ridge was fined $2,000 by the state. According to state records, inspectors determined there wasn’t proper supervision for four patients who fell.

Southerland is facing two felony charges. She’s due in court August 22.


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