• Dennis McCaslin

Employees of Creek County nursing home under investigation for abuse of elderly patients




A 21-year-old Mannford, Oklahoma man was arrested Thursday and officials say more arrests may be forthcoming in a disturbing case of nursing home abuse in Creek County.


Officers arrested Senite Smith, one of four suspects, Thursday on a warrant from the Creek County District Attorney. Creek County sheriff Lucky Miller says he and investigators confirmed the abuse through pictures, text messages and an interview with Smith.


According to televised accounts of the arrest and investigation, Miller says the abuse was reported to the Department of Human Services through email on May 20, 2019. Miller said his department was never contacted by DHS, which is protocol.


He says because police weren’t notified, seven residents endured months of abuse that could have been stopped in May.


Officers arrested Senite Smith, one of four suspects, Thursday. Miller says he and investigators confirmed the abuse through pictures, text messages and an interview with Smith.


Miller says his department received a tip that some caretakers at the Cimarron Pointe Nursing Home were abusing patients in their care.


Miller says the abuse was reported to the Department of Human Services through email on May 20, 2019. But Miller says his department was never contacted by DHS, which is protocol.


He says because police weren’t notified, seven residents endured months of abuse that could have been stopped in May.


The arrest affidavit says Smith, a certified nursing assistant, took a selfie showing a nude, elderly man lying in the background. The court document says Smith sent a text message of the picture saying he was high and asking the recipient to look at the man’s private parts.


The affidavit says there were two other pictures showing a man’s bloody head with message indicating he’d pushed him in the shower. The arrest affidavit shows Smith also texted he liked the smell of blood.


The affidavit shows Smith told investigators we was attempting to be edgy and the man had actually fallen down and cut his head. But the court document says Smith admitted to slapping and cussing one elderly man and being rough while cleaning an elderly woman.

The arrest affidavit says Smith told investigators he saw other employees abusing elderly residents.


Nursing home owner Frank Sullivan, Jr. said in a written statement that within two hours of hearing the specific allegations, they reported them to the Department of Human Services and Adult Protective Services.


He said nothing in the prehire history of the workers suggested they were potential threats to residents. All have been fired and told not to return to the building.


The affidavit says Smith described one worker as sadistic. He told investigators, according to the court document, that the employee would put a resident in the shower and intentionally run cold water on her until she screamed. The affidavit says the employee slapped an elderly man in his private parts on multiple occasions, poured ice on a resident and stole pain pills.


The court document says Smith didn’t report the abuse because the worker was his friend.

Mannford Police expect to make three more arrests.