Home health care worker charged with beating patient who defecated in car

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by KMOV.com Staff

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Posted on November 7, 2013 at 9:12 AM

 (KMOV) --  A home health care worker was charged after he allegedly used a belt to beat a man with special needs in Florissant.

Daniel Bonner, 23, was charged with third-degree abuse of a vulnerable person. He worked at Preferred Alternatives Inc. based in St. Charles.

The victim, diagnosed with mild retardation and schizophrenia, lived at a group home on Freemont Court.

Bonner faces charges for an incident that took place in the victim’s group home. Officer Andy Haarmann said the victim defecated on himself as the pair was driving back from a shopping trip on September 20.

Court documents state that Bonner got so upset, he hit the victim with a belt over and over again once they got to the home. Injuries were so bad, the victim had to eventually be taken to an area hospital.

Police weren’t made aware until a family member contacted authorities the following day.

Bonner’s employer, Preferred Alternatives Inc. would not speak to a News 4 reporter on camera but did say he was fired as a result of the alleged beating.

Officer Haarmann said “It’s sad, it’s sad that someone so vulnerable, someone who needs that extra care, becomes victimized by their caretaker like this. The family is paying money to take care of them, to make sure they're safe all the time, then turns around and becomes the attacker,” Officer Haarmann said.

The male victim was treated at Christian Northeast Hospital for contusions and abrasions following the incident. 

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