Daughter Watches Helplessly On Phone As Mother With Dementia Beaten By Carer

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A daughter watched in horror at footage of her mother, who is battling with dementia, being beaten by a carer.

Gina Owen, from Kettering, was shocked to see her 78-year-old mum Sabina Marsden, being slapped, shouted at and having her blanket ripped from her.

Gina was filled with rage after watching the ‘heinous act’ on her mobile while at her desk at work.

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The footage was captured through secret cameras and Gina only saw the abuse when demonstrating the camera’s capabilities to a customer in the electrical shop she works in.

She saw the horrific footage of Mega Care employee Stacey George, 46, launching her shocking assault.

Gina’s sister Mandy had left the house in Kettering just 10 minutes before the assault took place.

Stacey was fired from Mega Care and given a caution by the police after admitting the assault.

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Gina said:

It’s nothing more than a slap on the wrist, I can’t get my head around it?

If I had hit her that day I would have been a lot worse off than her. She should never have got off with a caution.

It really is an assault. I watched the attack live on my phone from work. I was furious. Seeing it was just horrible.

My mum is a wonderful person and deserves so much better than this. She’s been living through hell.

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Northamptonshire Police said they were willing to meet with Gina’s family and a spokesman said:

We can confirm we investigated reports of an assault in Kettering which took place on June 13, 2017.

After a thorough investigation and a review of all the evidence, a 46-year-old woman was issued with a police caution.

Safeguarding vulnerable people is a high priority for the force.

It’s disappointing when victims and their families are not completely satisfied with the outcome of an investigation and we would be happy to discuss this with them if they’d like to contact us.

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When Stacy was confronted with the footage, she said:

I didn’t mean to upset you. I’m sorry.

In the distressing footage, Sabina can be seen putting her hand under her blanket before Stacey slaps her several times.

Sisters Gina and Mandy would look after their mum in the evenings and on weekends, but needed a carer for the day times after their father Malcolm passed away in August 2015.

They began suspecting their mum had been subjected to attacks after her health started to decline and so installed the cameras.

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Gina said:

We thought her decline was just her dementia to begin with. You used to walk in and she would grab hold of your hand really tight.

She used to scratch her legs constantly. If anyone has an inkling, they need to shout because otherwise, people are going to get away with it.

I think there’s probably more people out there this is happening to and they’re either too scared to come forward or they haven’t got the evidence.

If you’d like to support those affected by dementia and help with research into it, you can donate online to Dementia UK.