June 9, 2014 at 11:50 pm

State suspends adult foster facility in Detroit where resident was allegedly beaten

The state suspended the license of a Detroit adult foster care facility where a worker was videotaped beating a special-needs resident.

The Michigan Department of Human Services Bureau of Children and Adult Licensing issued an order for Strathmoor Manor after an investigation “found violations of the Adult Foster Care Facility Licensing Act and administrative rules regarding the care of residents,” officials said in a statement Monday. “BCAL took emergency action to protect the health, welfare and safety of vulnerable adults.”

A worker at the adult foster care small group home is accused of physically and psychologically abusing resident Vera Gossett, 24.

“Vera Gossett was physically restrained without justification, man-handled, screamed at (often times with profanity), whipped with electrical cords and doused with water, when her behavior was not conforming,” according to a complaint the Sam Bernstein Law Firm filed last month on behalf of Gossett’s mother.

Investigators were alerted to the beating after WJBK-TV (Channel 2) aired a story May 15 featuring footage, filmed by an employee, in which the worker is seen assaulting Gossett, who sustained injuries.

The worker, identified as Kadia Konate-Dennard, 49, was arrested by Detroit police. Last week, 36th District Judge Ruth Carter ruled there was enough evidence to try her on felony assault, torture and vulnerable adult abuse charges. Konate-Dennard faces a Wayne County Circuit Court arraignment Thursday.

Defense lawyer Suzan Gabbara said her client “was excessively overcharged,” and nothing presented in court supports the charges.

Strathmoor Manor had held a license to operate an adult foster care small group home since October 2006, the state said. The license was for six adults.

The summary suspension order prohibits Strathmoor from operating its adult foster care home on Strathmoor Street or accepting individuals with physical or developmental disabilities, mental illnesses or aged adults, effective June 2. The order also requires Strathmoor to inform all guardians of adults in its care that its license has been suspended and that it can no longer provide adult foster care.