Apr 30, 2013 3:43 PM
CORPUS CHRISTI -- The former owner of an adult day care facility in Flour Bluff will spend up to 4 years in prison for abusing her elderly patients.
A Nueces County jury sentenced Najmeh Griffin, 69, this afternoon to four years for the elderly abuse charge, along with one year for assault. She'll serve the sentences at the same time.
Griffin's defense attorney was asking for a probation sentence as she was facing up to 10 years in prison.
The State of Texas shut down Affordability Quality Assisted Living Center as investigators looked into claims she was mistreating patients.
The trial centered around accusations that Griffin place bags of urine and feces around the necks of her patients. The defense argued she used the bags as a form of sensory therapy to remind patients to use the restroom.
But an expert witness for the prosecution was baffled by that explanation. Jessica Ramos, a nurse who's worked with elderly patients for over 20 years, says it doesn't make sense.
"I don't even think it's a procedure. I've never heard of any type of therapy, sensory or visual, that uses smells to help someone defecate," Ramos says.