SOUTHINGTON — An employee at a Clark Street group home faces a charge after police said she was seen on video spraying a resident in the face with water from a hose.
Carrie Abdur-Rashid, 55, of 22 Lisa Court, Apt. 4, Waterbury, was charged June 6 with intentional cruelty to persons. She is free on $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on June 18.
On May 5, police investigated after a woman next door to the group home reported witnessing an employee yell at a group home resident in the front yard and then spray the resident in the face with water from a hose. The neighbor, who turned over a video of the incident, reported the resident appeared uncomfortable, according to Abdur-Rashid’s arrest warrant. The video showed the resident being sprayed in the face at least two times by Abdur-Rashid.
Police went to the group home and spoke with the resident, who has intellectual disabilities. Officers reported she had changed clothes and said she wanted to leave, the warrant said.
In a staff log book police reviewed, Abdur-Rashid wrote that the resident got upset and was swearing at staff. Staff calmed her down, then suggested having a water fight, the warrant said.
The log entry stated the resident had fun chasing them with the hose, and that when Abdur-Rashid sprayed her and she became upset, Abdur-Rashid ended the water fight. Abdur-Rashid told police the same version of events.
Police found discrepancies the account by Abdur-Rashid and the other staff members, the warrant said.