20 years for Elder Abuse

A caregiver was sentenced to 20 years fore horrific elder abuse. Fortunately, a home security system captured the abuse on video. The victim’s family had installed the cameras to monitor their loved one.

The Cobb County District Attorney’s Office accused Shelia Knight of “forcefully” pushing an 86-year-old resident causing her to break her hip. Prosecutors shared the home security video during the trial. The DA’s Office said Knight pushed the victim so hard that she “flew a short distance, before landing hard on the floor of her apartment.”

The CNA caregiver was filling in at an 86-year-old woman’s home when a video shows “she forcefully pushed the elderly victim to the ground.” A jury found her guilty on September 28 of aggravated battery and elder exploitation.  The judge sentenced a woman to 20 years in prison without parole after a jury convicted her of elder abuse charges.

“To abuse the elderly, some of our most vulnerable people, is absolutely reprehensible and unacceptable.”

–Assistant District Attorney John Tully said.