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UPDATED: Two Framingham Caretakers Arraigned on Elder Abuse Charges

Police said the two individuals, ages 18 and 25, photographed the elder abuse on their cell phones and took nude photos of the elders.

Damaris Diaz Escobar, 18, of  Framingham, was arraigned on charges of assault and battery on a person over sixty years of age (three counts), and photographing a person in the nude (two counts). Credit: Framingham Police
Damaris Diaz Escobar, 18, of Framingham, was arraigned on charges of assault and battery on a person over sixty years of age (three counts), and photographing a person in the nude (two counts). Credit: Framingham Police

A Framingham woman and man have been arraigned in Framingham District Court on charges of abusing residents at a Framingham assisted living facility, announced Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan and Framingham Police Chief Kenneth Ferguson today, May 8.

Damaris Diaz Escobar, 18, of  Framingham, was arraigned on charges of assault and battery on a person over sixty years of age (three counts), and photographing a person in the nude (two counts).  

Samuel Ayekple, 25, of Framingham, was arraigned on charges of assault and battery on a person over sixty years of age (two counts). 

Framingham District Court Judge Robert Greco ordered each defendant’s bail to be set at $1,000 and ordered the condition that each defendant stay away and have no contact with the victims or their families. 

The defendants’ next court date is scheduled for June 18 for a pretrial hearing.

“We allege that these defendants abused the most vulnerable among us, elderly residents who live in an Alzheimer’s unit at an assisted living facility,” said District Attorney Ryan in a press statement.  “These residents deserved to be cared for with dignity and respect and, instead, we allege the defendants subjected them to callous and inhumane mistreatment.”

According to authorities, they received information Diaz Escobar had a recording of herself on her phone abusing residents at the Emeritus At Farm Pond assisted living facility where she worked.   

It is alleged that officers obtained the phone and discovered recordings documenting abuse of two residents.  Ayekple is depicted “slap boxing” a resident, and then slapping him causing him to lose his balance. 

Diaz Escobar is depicted pushing, hitting and pinching another resident, who was partially undressed.  Diaz Escobar’s phone also contained a still photograph of a third resident in a state of partial undress.  

These charges are allegations and the defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

The prosecutors assigned to the case are Assistant District Attorney Lisa McGovern, Chief of the Elder Abuse and Disabled Persons Unit, and Assistant District Attorney Christina Lucci. The Victim Witness Advocate is Lori Riccio.

Daniel May 08, 2014 at 04:32 PM
Perhaps they should spend some time in jail. I bet they won't think that is funny.
Elizabeth Kohler May 08, 2014 at 06:23 PM
wonder how they would of felt if someone did this to their parents or grandparents,What is wrong with people!!! send them back to where they came from along with there family's!
TMM May 09, 2014 at 08:35 AM
Sadistic parasites
ed hyman May 09, 2014 at 11:29 AM
while the allegations are horrific, i find the above comment "send them back to where they came from" equally abhorrent. why does one have to bring in race and ethnicity when talking about this case?
Amanda Miller May 14, 2014 at 12:45 PM
This is so wrong it makes me sick. But what else bothers me is this stupid judge. " Judge Robert Greco ordered each defendant’s bail to be set at $1,000 and ordered the condition that each defendant stay away and have no contact with the victims or their families. " SERIOUSLY?! $1,000 dollars bail? and for them to stay away from the victims family? Jeeze why don't you just let them walk free like he does EVERYONE ELSE! Horrible. I work in healthcare and I'm disgusted by this.

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