CHELMSFORD, Mass. — Two caregivers faced a judge Wednesday, accused of verbally and physically abusing a 50-year-old disabled man.
Jennifer Nganga, 60, and Daniel Maina, 41, are caregivers at Northeast Residential Services in Chelmsford. On Wednesday, they faced a judge after they were arrested for hitting, slapping and abusing 50-year-old Paul Stanizzi.
"He's been taking the abuse I think for a long time," said Paul's mother, Ruth Stanizzi.
Ruth says her son is severely disabled and unable to speak. He's lived in group homes for most of his life. In October, Paul suffered serious bruises and cuts to his head and face. Right away, the family felt something was not right.
"Kept saying he fell out of bed, or he fell on the way into his room. We got three different stories at the beginning of this," said Stanizzi.
After Paul was injured in October, the family grew suspicious. They decided to set up a hidden camera inside of his group home in Chelmsford. This week, the family says they turned over hours of footage to Chelmsford Police they say shows workers hitting, slapping and verbally abusing Paul.
"One woman had a closed fist and was punching Paul in the side of his head. Another man, a different person was hitting him on the top of his head," said Ruth.
"They would shove him back down, shove his head back down, slap in on the back of the next," said Paul's brother Joe. "I've watched the videos over and over again and I just can't believe what I see."
Unfortunately, the family has been through this before. In 2013, Boston 25 News reported on allegations Paul was being abused inside the Edinburg Center in Bedford. Paul's neck was broke and he was bloodied and bruised. The family accused the center of abusing Paul so they removed him from Bedford and moved him to the Chelmsford facility.
Now, it's happening again.
"I can't believe people would do that to somebody who is totally defenseless," said Ruth.
"I want this to end with everybody involved and everybody that knew this was going on in prison. Locked up, punished somehow," said Joe.
Boston 25 News made several attempts to contact Northeast Residential Services. Nganga and Maina were released Wednesday on their own recognizance. They have been ordered not to work in any group homes.
The Department of Developmental Services sent Boston 25 News the following statement on the arrests:
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