Police: 2 Georgia Caregivers Waterboard 89-Year-Old Woman
JONESBORO, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) — Police charge two caregivers at a Jonesboro facility with waterboarding an 89-year-old woman.
Clayton County police said Jermeller Steed and Cicely Reed held down Anna Foley after an argument that started over ice cream.
They’re said to have allegedly held down Foley in a locked shower room, flooding her face with the hand-hold shower nozzle in 2008.
According to WGCL-TV, Foley was undergoing treatment at the facility for dementia. A co-worker witnessed the event and blew the whistle.
The technique slowly drowns subjects by blocking the air passages with flowing water while the subject is immobilized.
The Obama administration banned waterboarding suspected terrorists in January 2009, classifying it as torture.
Neither Steed nor Reed currently work at the elderly care facility.