You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.


  • ePAPER

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.


Welcome to

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Police: Nursing home blocks investigation into possible sexual assault against patient

A patient with dementia at a Daytona Beach nursing home may have been sexually assaulted, according to police.  

Investigators said they do not know if the alleged perpetrator is a health care worker or another patient at the Daytona Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center. Officials at the facility said they were not talking about the incident when called about it.

Daytona Beach Police Chief Mike Chitwood said he is furious over recent actions by the facility that have blocked an investigation into the possible sex assault case.

“It is despicable," Chitwood said. "In a way it shocks the conscience.”

Chitwood said the patient is a 75-year-old terminally ill woman with dementia.

“She complained to her daughter around July 3 that she’s having pain,” Chitwood said. The woman’s family took their loved one to the hospital where they found out she had a sexually transmitted disease. “The STD she has can only be transmitted through sex, so (her daughter) then notifies us,” Chitwood said. The woman has since been moved to another facility, police said. 

>> More popular and trending stories

Detectives came to the facility to do interviews, but the chief said they were told to hit the road.

“In 27 years, I have never had an investigation blocked because they want to run around waving (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) requirements,” Chitwood said. The facility won’t allow interviews of workers or patients, he said.

“All of a sudden, within 15 minutes of detectives arriving there, we got the proverbial, ‘Get off our property, we’re not cooperating, we’re contacting our attorney,’” Chitwood said.

Why can't the police act if they believe a crime has been committed, regardless of what the facility wants?

Chitwood said although they’re confident it happened at the facility because of the dates they’ve narrowed to when the possible abuse would have occurred, they don’t have proof.

“Those patients that are in that rehab center, they’re owed a complete and thorough investigation,” Chitwood said.

Police said the only route they can take now is to work with the State Attorney’s Office to have people subpoenaed.

“I want to know who had access to that woman," Chitwood said. "I want to know how many male nurses were in there. I want to know who goes in and out of her room."

Additional investgiation into the facility’s background reveals it has had several violations. This year alone, the Daytona Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center has been visited by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration eight times. In those visits, they were found in violation of incorrect prescriptions, the temperature of the food, equipment not maintained and safety issues with alarms.

“That is unconscionable because every day this goes by, there is another potential (of) another victim,” Chitwood said.

Next Up in News

Dr. Bernice King: ‘My father would meet with Trump’
Dr. Bernice King: ‘My father would meet with Trump’

As a war of words plays out between President-elect Donald Trump and Georgia congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, one is left to wonder what MLK Jr. would have done in the wake of the 2016 election. >> Read more trending stories  Two days before her famous father's birthday, the daughter of the civil rights icon answered that question...
Dems call for county commissioner in Georgia to resign after John Lewis comments
Dems call for county commissioner in Georgia to resign after John Lewis comments

Gwinnett County Commissioner Tommy Hunter waded into controversial territory over the weekend when he wrote a Facebook post calling U.S. Rep. John Lewis -- a civil rights legend already locked in a war of words with President-elect Donald Trump -- a “racist pig.” The reaction to Hunter, a Republican, taking on Lewis a few days before...
Another musical act drops out of Trump inauguration lineup
Another musical act drops out of Trump inauguration lineup

It was announced last week that the B Street Band, a Bruce Springsteen cover band, was going to perform at the Garden State Inaugural Gala to ring in the Trump-Pence administration with song. Not anymore. >> Read more trending stories  The band, which performed after two election wins by outgoing President Obama, told 'Entertainment...
Civil rights activist urges for understanding at Wittenberg event

A longtime civil rights activist urged students and community members to fight for policies and principles they believe in, but stressed they should avoid personal attacks on those with whom they disagree. Dorothy Tillman, a civil rights activist and a former Chicago alderman, was the guest speaker for Wittenberg University’s annual Martin Luther...
Last man to walk on the moon has died
Last man to walk on the moon has died

The last man to walk on the moon has died, according to NASA. The government agency took to Twitter to remember retired astronaut Gene Cernan on Monday. Cernan was awarded the Neil Armstrong Outstanding Achievement Award in October at the enshrinement ceremony of the National Hall of Fame inside the Air Force museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base...
More Stories