Police: Worker slapped, poured water on resident of home for developmentally disabled

News-DemocratFebruary 28, 2014 

Police say a worker at a center for people who have developmental disabilities slapped two of its residents on the face and poured water on one of them.

Madison County sheriff's deputies were called Wednesday to Beverly Farms in Godfrey, after a co-worker reported the alleged incidents to supervisors.

An investigation resulted in Marcus A. Lovett, 21, of Alton, being charged with two felony counts of abuse of a long-term health care facility resident and two felony counts of aggravated battery to an intellectually disabled person.

Police said the alleged incidents took place on Tuesday evening.

Police said Lovett, a group supervisor at Beverly Farms, allegedly slapped a 36-year-old resident's face multiple times, after the resident refused to comply with Lovett's orders. Lovett then poured a bottle of water on the resident and struck the resident with the empty bottle, police said.

In addition, Lovett slapped the face of a second, 61-year-old resident, police said. He allegedly slapped that resident for not sitting down when Lovett told him to.

Police said neither of the residents suffered serious injuries.

Police took Lovett into custody Wednesday evening at Beverly Farms. His bail was set at $75,000.

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