Three Indicted for Abuse, Neglect at Somerset Home for Mentally Disabled

Nov 19, 2013

Three former workers at a Somerset facility for disabled adults have been indicted on charges of abuse and neglect. 

According to the Kentucky Attorney General's Office, a Pulaski County grand jury returned indictments against 22-year-old Coty King of Pine Knot, 21-year-old Cody Burton, and 22-year-old Timothy Ball of Pine Knot.  All three were employees of Oakwood Manor.

Both King and Burton were first arrested in September.  Investigators say King allegedly enticed two residents to hit each other while videotaping the fight on his cell phone.   Burton is accused of participating in the incident and failing to report it.  Further review of video recovered from the phone led to Ball's arrest for his alleged involvement in another incident staged by King. 

Oakwood offers care for people with mental and developmental disabilities. It almost closed after a string of citations in 2005 and 2006, but new management took over in 2007 and allegations of abuse and neglect have been rare in recent years.