Man with Spina Bifida beaten by brother's girlfriend - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Man with Spina Bifida beaten by brother's girlfriend

Katheine Parrish (Source: SCSO) Katheine Parrish (Source: SCSO)

A woman was arrested Sunday after police said she admitted to a caretaker she beat a man with Spina Bifida.

Katherine Parrish was arrested and charged with multiple counts of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Police said Easter weekend caretakers from 'Always Best Care' found bruises on Wayne Martin. Martin needed 24-hour care because of his Spina Bifida.

"She whipped me. She beat me," Martin said while he recovered at the Health and Rehabilitation Center.

March 26, a caretaker with Always Best Care, Tiffany Dean, noticed Martin had some bruises on his body. Dean said the suspect, Katherine Parrish, was in the house and overheard Dean asking him about his injuries. That's when Parrish walked in and said, "I whipped his butt, and I don't care who you go and tell."

Rico Andrews, the owner of Always Best Care, said their employee confronted Parrish. Family said Parrish is paid by another family member to take care of Martin. She was not an employee of Always Best Care.

"Definitely, shouldn't be any circumstance where you take something out on somebody who can't take care of themselves," Andrews said.

The next day, March 27, Dean got to work and saw the victim lying face down on the floor. She said Parrish was standing over him and said, "I beat him again today for using the bathroom on himself and making noises." Dean helped the victim into his bed, noting that he had bruises on his back and chest, a swollen jaw, and two black eyes.

Andrews later called police.

Family said Parrish lived with Martin for more than seven years. She was his brother's girlfriend, and they were thankful someone stepped in to help.

"He would've been dead. She probably would've killed him, and left him there." Betty Tyler, Martin's aunt, said.

Martin was taken to the hospital in non-critical condition. In the hospital, he told police, "Katherine Parrish beat me real good with a belt and her fist."

Parrish is charged with willful abuse and neglect and willful physical abuse or gross negligence.

Andrews and Always Best Care released the following statement Monday afternoon:

“As the owner of Always Best Care Senior Services of Memphis/East, I wanted to be sure people had a correct and full understanding of what has occurred to date.

First and foremost, our hearts go out to the victim and we are wishing them a full and speedy recovery. 

The person accused, arrested and charged in this case – Katherine Parrish - is a family caregiver of the victim and is in no way employed by or associated with Always Best Care.  She was not providing care nor has ever provided care to the victim on behalf of Always Best Care.

It was our agency that discovered the incident and we reported it immediately – calling 911, alerting police, the state and adult protective services.

From the very beginning we have been fully cooperating with the police and all involved authorities.  Both I and our professional caregiver – Tiffany Dean - have been interviewed extensively by all the investigating authorities and we will continue to fully cooperate going forward.

Nothing is more important to us than providing quality care to seniors and their families.  We implement extensive screening and training for our professional caregivers who are all bonded and insured.

Again, I would like to reiterate that the alleged abuser was not nor has ever been employed by Always Best Care.”

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