HAMILTON COUNTY, Ind. – Police say two disabled men were beaten, bruised and attacked inside of their Hamilton County home by their caretaker.
“He has cerebral palsy and he is non-verbal and cannot walk. He wears a diaper. He cannot get up and walk and he cannot tell someone that he has to go to the bathroom. That is their job to take care of him and change him,” said Barbara Greathouse, a mother of one of the victims.
The man who was supposed to be helping the men, 23-year-old Michael Anderson, is now facing felony charges. According to court documents, Anderson beat the two disabled roommates so badly that he broke their bones.
Before the men were beaten, one of the victims reportedly had an accident in bed. Court documents say Anderson went to change the sheets and had a meltdown.
“He wet himself and he just blew up and started hitting my son. He slugged him in the chest with his fist and when he got done with him, he went into his roommate’s room and started hitting him,” said Greathouse.
Greathouse is the mother of 49-year-old Anthony Harris. She is sick over the fact that her son and his roommate were left helpless.
“They were being tortured by him systematically,” said Scott Benkie of the Law office of Benkie & Crawford.
Benkie is the family’s attorney. He says that while investigating they discovered that this was not the first time that Anthony was hurt by Anderson.
“Anthony’s fingers had been broken. The way they had to be broken is bent backward,” said Benkie.
Both men are now recovering from their physical injuries but are afraid to go back into their bedrooms.
“I want him to go to prison for a long time,” said Greathouse.
A lasting effect that Barbara says she just cannot forgive.
“I will not accept his apology. He asked the police to tell me that he was sorry and I will not accept his apology. I cannot and I will not,” said Greathouse.
Anderson remains behind bars while the family works to file a civil lawsuit against Res-Care, the company that hired Anderson as a caretaker.
Res-care sent FOX59 the following response to the incident:
“We were deeply saddened to learn about this situation. We immediately contacted law enforcement as soon as this incident was reported. As a result, the employee has been separated from employment with ResCare.”