Marshfield Man Charged with Abusing Group Home Patient

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

A investigation is now complete and two people are facing charges after an employee at a Marshfield area group home said case of patient abuse was covered up.

An investigation began in July, after the 73-year-old mother of a patient at River City Estates said she believed her son had been abused.

The woman said her son had a swollen left jaw, purple bruising around the eyes, a black and blue right eye, bruises on the torso, bruising on his left upper arm, bruising on his forearm-- which was described as defensive wounds in the criminal complaint; bruising to the top of his hands, bruising on the top and inner part of his knees, bruising on the inner elbows, and bruising on the calves and thighs.

Authorities investigated numerous employees who stated the alleged victim, who is mentally disabled, did have a tendency to fall and slap himself. However, another employee said the bruising to his face and body were unlike anything he could have inflicted on himself.

According to court documents, the report filed by the group home said the man injuries were caused during a fall and were not reported to authorities.

Thursday in court, Brent Diercks, 41, was charged with intentionally abusing a patient in Marathon County Court.

Authorities have recommend that the group home's manager be charged with neglect and failing to report abuse.

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