Group home workers accused of striking handicapped man with metal broom handle

Casandra Miller (left) Amaya Martin (right) Photos: Lincoln County Sheriff's Office 

Two group home workers are facing multiple charges after they struck a handicapped man several times with a metal broom handle, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office. 

The two suspects, Amaya Hope Martin, 20, of Gastonia and Casandra Marie Miller, 28, of Lincolnton were arrested on Monday, and charged with one felony count of assault of an individual with a disability and one misdemeanor count of assault with a deadly weapon. 

The charges come after an investigation into an incident that occurred on Feb. 28, 2019 at the RHA of NC group home in the 1700 block of Riverview Road in Lincolnton, deputies said. 

Detectives said the two women had problems getting the man to comply when getting off the group home’s van after returning from an activity. Witnesses told detectives that is when the women struck him several times about his body with a metal broom handle.

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According to detectives, the man had several welts and bruising about his body, as well as a large scrap to his knee after falling from being struck. He was taken to a nearby medical facility for treatment and released that same day.

Both women have been suspended from the facility pending an investigation. 

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