MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A local nursing assistant was arrested this week after he was accused of assaulting a relative with cerebral palsy.
According to police, the victim called them on May 22 to report that she had been hit by Vincent Duncan after she and her mother got into a fight over the phone.
Once they arrived, police were told that this wasn't the first time the certified nursing assistant had reportedly mistreated the victim. She told police that earlier that day Duncan had told her she smelled, stripped her naked and sprayed her with a liquid that burned her skin.
She also claimed that he refused to turn on the air because she didn't contribute to the bills and wouldn't feed or give her water.
Adult protective services showed up with police and helped make arrangements for the victim.
Elise Johnson says she is related to Duncan and the victim. She describes what took place as a misunderstanding.
"What they did was get into a disagreement. He has taken care of this girl since he was 6."
As far as the alleged physical abuse Johnson says, "I think more, as opposed to like hitting or slapping her, he didn't do that. What he did was pushed her away."
The 34-year-old suspect was arrested and charged with domestic assault.
A police affidavit states that Duncan is a certified nursing assistant at Memphis Jewish Home.
Memphis Jewish Home confirmed in an email that Duncan was employed there, and said he had been suspended pending the disposition of the charges and the home's own investigation.
"Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab has policies in place regarding staff conduct both inside and outside the facility and our primary concern is and has always been the care, safety, and security of our patients, residents, and their families," the release stated. "All employees and volunteers of Memphis Jewish Home & Rehab are subject to extensive Federal and State background checks before they are allowed to provide care to our patients."