Office of the Attorney General
Former Madison County Caregivers Charged with Abuse of Mentally Handicapped Victim

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, June 22, 2010  
Contact Information:  Shelley Catharine Johnson
Deputy Communications Director
502-696-5659 (office)

Attorney General Jack Conway and his Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control today announced charges have been filed against two former Madison County caregivers for allegedly abusing a mentally handicapped man in their care. Verna Campbell, a former Assistant Adult Treatment Supervisor at Independent Opportunities in Richmond, KY, is charged with wanton abuse and neglect of an adult under KRS 209.990 in connection with the treatment of a former resident of Independent Opportunities in June of 2009. Independent Opportunities is a group home that houses mentally handicapped adults and children.

The Richmond Police Department arrested Campbell, 46, on June 21, 2010 on a warrant issued by Madison District Court. She is accused of abusing a mentally handicapped man in her care by pushing him into the shower, subjecting him to hot and cold shower temperatures, spraying him in the mouth and nose with water, forcing him onto a changing table, and raking her shoes across his bare feet causing red marks on his arms and feet. Campbell's bond is presently set at $5,000 full cash.

Last month, another former caregiver at Independent Opportunities was charged with knowing abuse and neglect of a vulnerable adult under KRS 209.990. Hosea Farris, 58, is accused of both slapping and pulling the hair of the same mentally handicapped victim during an incident in September 2009. Farris has posted a $2,500 bond. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for July 7, 2010 at 9:00 a.m.

Investigators from Attorney General Conway's Office of Medicaid Fraud and Abuse Control investigated both cases.

A charge is an allegation only. All defendants are innocent until proven guilty.

Verna Campbell
Verna Campbell

Hosea Farris
Hosea Farris