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Care giver at GR Home for Veterans charged with abuse


A former employee at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans is facing misdemeanor charges after allegedly abusing an 83-year-old veteran who suffered from dementia.


Police say 56-year-old Laurie Lynn Botbyl pushed the wheelchair bound veteran into a desk and was caught on a surveillance camera.


The case was turned over to the prosecutor’s office in April, but no charges were issued until this week after police resubmitted the evidence.


A spokesperson for the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency said Botbyl was an employee of J2S, a much-criticized private firm that provided caregiver services to the vets home until the end of last year, when its contact ran out and was not renewed.



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