Owner, employees arrested for alleged abuse at Indy group home

INDIANAPOLIS -- Five people are facing multiple charges after reports of abuse at an assisted living home in July.

The charges stem from an investigation of Safe Journey LLC by Adult Protective Services and the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.

According to court documents filed in the case, the company’s owner, Amelia Hagedorn got into a disturbance with a female at the facility over things being “unfair.” The woman then threw a ball at Hagedorn. The victim told police that she threw a ball at Hagedorn. After that, the victim said Hagedorn took the ball and hit her in the face with it while three employees, Sharita Belle, Danielle Moore and Carmele Journey-Starks, held her to the ground.

During the incident, the victim said the women forced her t-shirt over her mouth to keep her from yelling and started taunting her saying that “she smells and doesn’t shower.” They also told her that “her mother doesn’t love her.”

In a video taken by another employee at the facility, police say staff members can be seen sitting on the victim while appearing to strike her multiple times in the head and face while other employees are restraining her. Police believe Clancy was present during the incident but did not report it to authorities.

Photos that were taken of the victim after the incident showed bruising to her shoulder, face, neck and chest.

Hagedorn, Bell, Journey-Starks and Moore have been charged with battery resulting in bodily injury to a disabled person and criminal confinement. Clancy has been charged with failure to report victimization.

Hagedorn, Bell and Clancy were arrested Tuesday. Warrants have been issued for Journey-Starks and Moore.

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