TAYLORSVILLE, NC (WBTV) - The head of a facility for people suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia is facing charges of assault, according to documents filed in Alexander County.
Richard Brantley, Executive Director of the Taylorsville House, is facing charges of assault on a handicap person and communicating threats, both misdemeanors.
According to its website, the Taylorsville House "provides a secure, supportive environment for individuals with Alzheimer's and memory-related dementias. All our staff members undergo and successfully complete specialized training in the care and service of those with Alzheimer's and related dementias."
According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, the charges stem from an incident that reportedly occurred at the facility after breakfast on April 15.
Taylorsville House's Interim Director Barry S. James says Brantley was protecting a staff member when the incident occurred.
"Richard was protecting a staff member who was being assaulted by a resident with Alzheimer's dementia. After multiple attempts to redirect the resident, Richard opened the resident's clenched hand to free the staff member from the resident's grasp, and protect the staff member from further assault," James said in a statement Friday afternoon. "There was no apparent injury to the resident at the time and the resident's family was promptly notified."
Barry says the company stands by Brantley and his "reasonable handling of a difficult situation."
"Richard is a compassionate, dedicated and experienced caregiver," James continued. "We believe when the all the facts are reviewed, Richard will be exonerated from any alleged violation."