COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - A woman accused of exploitation and intimidation in Columbus appeared in Recorder’s Court on Thursday.
28-year-old Naidia Bennett was arrested on Jan. 9 by CPD’s Special Victims Unit and is charged with exploitation and intimidation of disabled adults, senior citizens and residents.
Bennett is accused of abusing an elderly woman in the summer of 2018.
“There’s so many different people that have access to rooms," said Bennett’s attorney, Mark Shelnutt. I know that it’s hard to put a security camera in a room because there’s privacy issues, but it could have been anybody. It could have been anybody. It could have been an employee. It could have been somebody like a visitor. I mean there’s just no way to know.”
The elderly woman has since passed away from unrelated causes.
The case was bound to Superior Court and bond was set at $5,000.
CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this story, WTVM reported Bennett was working for Magnolia Manor at the time of the incident. According to Magnolia Manor Administrator Daron Butler, Bennett did not work for Magnolia Manor at the time of this incident. She was hired in the fall of 2018 and is no longer employed “due to unrelated reasons". The alleged incident occurred at another senior care home. WTVM News Leader 9 regrets the error.