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Police: Woman Beats Disabled Man on Video in Columbia

A woman was arrested after her employer identifies her as the person beating a man at a group home for disabled individuals in Columbia.

Howard County Police arrested a Randallstown woman who they say was caught on camera beating and spitting in the face of an intellectually disabled man at a Columbia group home.

The video is posted on YouTube.

Donna Everett, 57, was arrested by police after the group home's owner, Emerge Inc., identified her in the video. The home is located in the 6500 block of Quiliting Way in Columbia.

In the video, the woman identified as Everett can be seen swinging both of her fists down on the sitting man's head, after bending over and spitting in his face. She also encourages and taunts a 41-year-old disabled woman and resident of the group home to assault the man, according to police.

Police charged her with mutiple counts of assault and reckless endangerment for her alleged abuse of the 53-year-old man and the woman.

The video, which was on YouTube as of 1:30 p.m. on Monday, shows a confrontation start between the disabled man and disabled woman, with the woman striking the man several times.

In the background, the person recording the video can be heard laughing.

At one point, someone in the background asks, "You're recording this for entertainment right?" The response was unclear and the person asks again, "So what, when you're pissed you can just watch it for entertainment right?"

The video recorder laughs loudly.

Then, Everett enters the frame around the 5-minute mark, and it appears as if the man spits at her, to which she responds by spitting in his face. The man then strikes at Everett, catching her in the face, and she responds by hitting him multiple times with her fists.

Then, she backs away and watches as the disabled woman strikes the man over and over again.

Police said they are trying to determine the identities of the people involved in making the video.

Everett posted a $100,000 bond and was released from the Howard County Detention Center, according to police.

The video's poster, TheDivineMsP, wrote in the video's description, "Staff is supposed to take care of Intellectually Disabled people instead they are verbally and physically abusing them. In this video a house manager is abusing a male client and making another female client abuse that same male client."

"This is the most repulsive thing I've experienced in my life," said David Wamsley, executive director of Emerge. "We train our employees to be hands off, restraint free so there's never a possibility where someone should be touched. This is a complete violation of our principles.

"We are doing everything we can to help the victim," said Wamsley, "and we are cooperating fully with the police."

Wamsley said the man in the video did not suffer any significant injuries as a result of the abuse. He said he has no evidence that a culture of this type of behavior exists at Emerge and believes this is an isolated incident.

"We are sorry, shocked and appaled," said Wamsley.

He said the company would be reviewing all of its policies and will work with police to determine if any other employees were involved in the incident.

Emerge provides supported living, residential, day, pre-employment, and employment services to over 450 individuals in Baltimore City and Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George's counties, according to the company's website.

Iknow February 05, 2013 at 07:48 PM
Why is Dave shocked? They treat good staff like shit, and burry their head in the sand. I for one have complained about issues and instead of them looking into it, I was transfered because my co worker was a black man and in this company, it seems black men can do no wrong!! Maybe if Dave paid more attention to the clients instead of allegedlly the black male staff, he would have seen this.
life February 07, 2013 at 04:01 AM
I concur with others about Emerge they treat good staff bad and well the bad staff get a slap on the back! They are under staffed, under paid and just don't care. A lot of things are known but they overlook it. However, those things do not give a person a right to abuse any one. You reap what you sow.
stacy February 09, 2013 at 05:16 AM
Emerge is a joke! I've never seen people treated so badly in my life! I've seen nothing but abuse since starting at this agency. And u cant report anything, or u'll lose ur job bc dave already knows and DOESN'T CARE!! Staff is over worked, and under paid, esp managers. The customers are verbally and physically abused. Like the above statements said, i pray that someone that can do something about this agency, sees this and shuts it down! I would NEVER let my family member live here.
Deitress February 11, 2013 at 04:39 PM
A lot of these incidents happen do to staff working to many hour. Some staff work up to three positions in Emerge, seven days a week, over a 120 hours per week. They are exhausted and tired and burnt out from the daily demands of the job. Its not easy for one person to have so many responsibilities. When you are burnt out it makes you feel like you are mentally insane.
Think before u speak February 14, 2013 at 01:46 AM
Maybe we all forgot that this company employees some people that do care about helping other, along with people that have families of their own to support and getting rid of people that care because of those that don't sound selfish

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