MONTGOMERY COUNTY — Sentencing is scheduled for Wednesday for a caregiver who beat two patients at a group home for developmental disabilities in West Carrollton more than three years ago, leading to the death of one patient.
Erion Williams, former employee at the now-closed ResCare facility on RedBluff Drive in West Carrollton, recently pleaded guilty to charges including involuntary manslaughter and patient abuse.
Williams’ charges stem from the night of Feb. 14, 2018 at the facility. The next morning, a manager at the home called 911 reporting a potential case of abuse. The patient most severely hurt, Jerrold Duskey, eventually died from what the coroner deemed multiple blunt force trauma injuries.
Also hurt that night – James “Jimmy” Larkins, according to Larkins’ family members who spoke with News Center 7 this week.
Larkins, who had Down Syndrome, according to family, spent years at the West Carrollton group home to get support. His sister, Julie Anderson, said the family found out in Feb. 2018 he had been badly hurt.
“Jimmy was beaten about his face he had defensive wounds on his arms,” Andeson said. “The only thing we know is that he said, ‘Erion hit….Erion hit me.’”
After an approximately 18-month investigation by the West Carrollton Police Department, a Montgomery County grand jury indicted Williams in Aug. 2019.
After pleading guilty to charges, avoiding a trial, Anderson fears the family will never know exactly what happened the night of Feb. 14, 2018. But she knows whatever happened, was wrong.
“They’re human beings. And they don’t deserve to be beaten to death,” she said. “They don’t deserve to beaten to the point where their life changes forever.”
That’s exactly what she said happened to her brother – a great-great uncle, who loved working, professional wrestling, and Elvis Presley.
Anderson said after Feb. 2018, her brother’s Alzheimer’s rapidly accelerated, and doctors also diagnosed Larkins with post traumatic stress disorder – a diagnosis she said would manifest with fear when subsequent nurses would treat Larkins.
“He would put his hands up around his face and cover his face and he would say, ‘I said no – don’t hit me, don’t hit me,’” Anderson said. “He changed. He slowed down dramatically.”
Larkins died in Jan. 2020.
And with Duskey not having much family, now – she said the family goes to court hearings in this case in support of both men.
“We’re (Jerrold’s) family right now,” she said. “He doesn’t have anybody else close. We didn’t know him but Jimmy did. And Jimmy was our brother and we loved him. So any friend of jimmy’s is a friend of ours.”
Sentencing in Williams’ is case is set for Wednesday, March 10. However, Williams’ attorney did file a motion requesting the hearing be delayed until March 17. Whether that motion will be granted is up to a judge.
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