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York: Gentilly Gardens abuse report unfounded
Investigation confirms reported bruises, superficial injuries found on elderly patient not criminal
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    A recent report of possible abuse at Gentilly Gardens personal care home was unfounded, said Statesboro Police Chief Stan York.
    There was cause for concern regarding bruises on an elderly male patient, but investigation by Det. Terry Briley confirmed "there were no criminal acts against the in-patient resident," York said. "The investigation has been closed."
    Gentilly Gardens Executive Director Chris Purser reported the suspicious incident July 30, as required by state law.
    "After a thorough investigation, I am very pleased that there is no elder  abuse that occurred at the facility," he said. "  ...  I have the responsibility to  report suspected abuse to the proper state authorities, do a thorough investigation and address any issues that arise from such findings."
    After seeing the bruises and superficial injuries, Purser contacted the proper authorities, including Statesboro Police.
    "Gentilly Gardens continues to be the premier assisted living facility in  this area thanks to the staff members who work diligently everyday to provide excellent care and services to the residents that live here," Purser said.
     "I would like to thank the Statesboro Police Department, the staff and the family for their hard work and continued support through this tedious investigation," he said. Also, "The Department of Human Resources, Office of Regulatory Service has completed its investigation and determined that the facility was appropriate  and complete in all steps of the reporting process."
     Holli Deal Bragg may be reached at (912) 489-9414.
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