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Several charged in Livonia COPE patient abuse case

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Posted at 5:34 PM, Jul 12, 2018
and last updated 2019-06-05 16:14:34-04

A number of people have been charged in a case of abuse against patients at Livonia COPE. 

Sixty-year-old Victor Peterson,  57-year-old Wynton Dixson, 59-year-old Thomas May, 26-year-old Demetris Hunt and 24-year-old Delvan Johnson all appeared before a judge on Thursday.

On Wednesday 30-year-old Kyle Jackson faced a judge.

All have been charged with abuse of three male patients at Livonia COPE over a span of days back in March. 

“The staff was there for the clients but the staff couldn’t do nothing to the clients at all, the clients took all advantage of the staff, all of them,” said the wife of Victor Peterson, Diane Peterson. 

Sixty-four-year-old Psychiatrist Hanuamaiah Bandla and 79-year-old Nurse Erma were also charged with failing to report the abuse. 

All of the suspects were told to stay away from vulnerable adults.