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Nursing home pays settlement after rape of elderly woman

A Boone County nursing home agreed to a $750,000 settlement after a 91-year-old woman was believed to have been repeatedly raped at the facility, according to her attorney.

Jill Harper of Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer in Columbia said that on June 29, 2021, a CNA at the nursing home reported that he observed vaginal and pelvic bruising in various stages of healing. Because of the woman’s dementia, she was unable to answer any questions about who had done this to her. 

The victim was taken to a local hospital via ambulance. Doctors suspected sexual assault as the only cause of injury, as the victim did not have any visitors and was wheelchair bound. Bruising in various stages of healing and swelling was noted, evidencing that the victim was assaulted on more than one occasion. The victim was subsequently admitted to the hospital for safety concerns.

Harper said the settlement was reached during a pre-suit mediation. She said the identity of the perpetrator remains unknown, as a backup at the crime lab has delayed the testing for male DNA in the victim’s vagina. 

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$750,000 settlement

Personal injury

Venue: Boone County

Case Number/Date: Not filed/Feb. 23, 2022

Caption: Confidential

Plaintiffs’ Attorneys: Jill Harper and Ron Netemeyer, Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer, Columbia

Defendant’s Attorney: Confidential