Foster Worker Faces June 5 Hearing In Videotaped Beating
DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – A hearing has been set for a 49-year-old Detroit foster home worker accused of beating a disabled woman with a mop handle and extension cord in an attack that was videotaped by a co-worker.
Kadia Konate-Dennard was arrested last weekend after WJBK-TV broadcast a video of the May 12 beating. It shows a worker at Strathmoor Manor, allegedly Konate-Dennard, assaulting 24-year-old Vera Gossett, who’s autistic and can’t speak. Gossett screams throughout the attack and attempts to hide beneath a blanket. She was treated for non life-threatening injuries.
Konate-Dennard, who is being held on a $200,000 bond, is facing five felony charges: one count of vulnerable adult abuse, two counts of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm and two counts of felonious assault. A probable cause hearing originally scheduled May 30 now is set for June 5.
In addition to the criminal charges, Gossett’s family has filed a lawsuit against Konate-Dennard and the owner of Strathmoor Manor, a six-bed foster care facility for developmentally disabled and mentally impaired people.
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