Woman charged in alleged nursing home abuse

Andria Martice Lawson

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) -- A 24-year-old Summerton woman is charged with abuse and neglect of two vulnerable adults at a Sumter nursing home.

The Sumter Item reported Thursday that Andria Martice Lawson was arrested Monday and charged with one count of abuse of a vulnerable adult and one count of neglect of a vulnerable adult.

Deputies say they were called to the Sumter Valley Health and Rehabilitation Center on July 25.

A 70-year-old woman told deputies Lawson allegedly struck her in the chest when she asked Lawson to change her clothes. A 71-year-old man told deputies Lawson allegedly abandoned him nude from the waist down in a wheelchair.

Sumter County Sheriff's spokesman Lt. Robert Burnish says Lawson is no longer employed at the home. It wasn't immediately clear whether she has an attorney.