OMAR, W.Va. — A woman was arrested May 15 after she was reportedly found to have brutalized an elderly blind man in her care.
Trooper S.M Thompson, with the West Virginia State Police, reports he responded to a home in Omar to call of an elderly man who had been struck with a blunt object.
Thompson reports he arrived on the scene to find the victim, an elderly blind man, bloodied and beaten.
The criminal complaint filed by Thompson says he found the victim covered in blood with, “…lacerations and bruising on the victim’s face along with a large amount of blood pouring out of his nose and mouth.”
Thompson explains he went on to find blood splatter throughout the home as well a bent metal broom stick.
The victim reportedly told officers his caregiver, Tina Hatfield, entered his home and said he, “wouldn’t live to see tomorrow,” and began hitting him repeatedly in the head and testicles.
The victim reportedly added he was struck with a blunt object he believed to be a board — although, due to his blindness, he could not confirm what the object was.
Hatfield reportedly fled the home after the victim called 911.
The victim was transported to Logan Regional Medical Center for treatment.
Thompson reports he continued traveling south on State Rt. 44 but he could not find Hatfield.
Thompson notes he returned to the victim’s home and saw Hatfield walking through the front yard.
When Thompson attempted to stop his cruiser, Hatfield allegedly ran behind the victim’s home.
After a short search of the victim’s property, Thompson notes he was able to find Hatfield hiding the cab of truck.
Hatfield was arrested and charged with malicious abuse of an incapacitated adult by a caregiver resulting in bodily injury, malicious assault and fleeing on foot.
Hatfield’s bail was set to $1 million in Logan County Magistrate Court.
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Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 or by email at [email protected]