Caregiver accused of placing roach on elderly woman’s leg

An assisted-living home attendant faces a criminal charge after allegedly putting a dead roach on an elderly woman’s leg, then mocking her in an incident captured on a cellphone video as she sat confused on the floor.

Raven R. Robinson, 22, 3503 Redbud St., Zachary, was booked July 31 at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on one count of simple battery of the infirmed. Robinson was released from jail on $750 bail.

The warrant and a detective’s affidavit that led to Robinson’s arrest were filed in 19th Judicial District Court on Thursday.

The incident occurred in early June at Oakwood Village Senior Living, an assisted-living and Alzheimer’s patient facility on McHugh Road in Zachary, according to the affidavit presented to Zachary City Judge Lonny Myles for an arrest warrant.

The affidavit accuses Robinson of placing the dead roach on an elderly woman’s leg.

The executive director of the facility, Milton Ourso, was on vacation Friday, but a spokeswoman issued a prepared statement after The Advocate inquired about the incident.

“On behalf of Oakwood Village LLC, our policy is not to discuss employee matters. Our residents have always come first, and we will continue to provide them with the services that they have enjoyed here for 15 years,” the statement says.

“Our record and reputation for care is second to none. We will not compromise our stance on giving care in a manner that exceeds our residents’ expectations,” the statement says.

Police Chief David McDavid said Friday that as soon as the Oakwood Village CEO obtained the video, “he immediately filed a complaint with us, and we were able to make an arrest. It’s just a sad case.” McDavid called the matter an isolated incident.

Detective Trevor Hannum says in the affidavit that Ourso met with a police officer on July 18 after a member of an Oakwood Village employee’s family brought some videos to his attention that had been taken with a cellphone.

One video shows an elderly woman, identified as a resident of the home, sitting on the floor, wearing a gown. Ourso told police the female voice heard in the video is that of Robinson, who had been summoned to the resident’s room to assist her off of the floor.

The video shows what appears to be a dead roach on the woman’s exposed leg, Hannum says.

“Robinson was heard laughing and directly teasing (the victim) about the roach being on her leg,” but the woman did not appear to be aware of what was happening, the affidavit says.

“At no time did the video show Robinson make any attempts at assisting (the victim) off of the floor or removing the roach,” the affidavit says.

Ourso also showed police a picture of a partial text message between Robinson and the woman who reported the incident, in which Robinson allegedly admitted placing the dead roach on the woman’s leg, according to the detective’s statement.