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SC Family Receives $1.5M After Their Mother Is Killed By A Nursing Home Employee

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A Pennsylvania-based nursing home company agreed to pay a South Carolina family $1.5 million after the family’s mother was killed at the one of their nursing homes. The 82-year-old woman was found dead in her apartment at the Oakbridge Terrace housing unit of the Park Pointe Village assisted-living community in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

Pauline Cook had been living at the Park Pointe Village, since she and her husband moved there in 1998. She was later moved to a housing unit called Oakbridge Terrace following the death of her husband in 2011. In late 2011, Mrs. Cook noticed an employee of Park Pointe stealing her personal checks. The employee, Braquette Walton, was allegedly stealing the personal checks and making them out to herself, totaling over $1,200. When Mrs. Cook noticed the theft, she reported the activity to other Park Pointe staff members. Upon learning of criminal allegations against her, Walton broke into Mrs. Cook’s room and killed her on November 12, 2011.

According to the investigation, Walton used an electronic key card to gain access to Mrs. Cook’s room during the middle of the night. Mrs. Cook was asleep when Walton smothered her, beat her, and dragged her body into the shower. Walton left the shower running as she disposed of the bloodied linens and she laid out Mrs. Cook’s clothes to make it seem as though Mrs. Cook was taking a shower when she died.

The family filed an elder abuse, wrongful death lawsuit alleging that the Park Pointe Village negligently failed to protect Mrs. Cook from foreseeable criminal acts. According to the family’s complaint, Walton’s supervisor did nothing to prevent contact between Walton and Mrs. Cook following the check fraud. The lawsuit named Park Pointe Village, its parent company ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, and two Park Pointe Village employees as defendants—including Walton’s supervisor and the other employee who warned Walton about the check fraud investigation.
The parities agreed to settle the case before going to trial. The details of the settlement, however, were kept confidential.