NORMAN — The advocacy group A Perfect Cause is offering a $2,500 reward for information on how a woman living in a Norman nursing home suffered large, numerous bruises July 11.
The group is working on behalf of Jack Crow, a Muskogee resident whose wife, Carol, was staying at Whispering Pines Living Center, 501 E Robinson. The group's founder, Wes Bledsoe, announced the reward Thursday outside the Norman police station. Crow said his wife, 61, has early onset Alzheimer's disease. But Crow said she was clear when saying that a man at the center knocked her down and beat her unconscious. A photo of Carol Crow, which her husband said was taken shortly after she was found, showed her lying down with two black eyes and bruising on her face, neck and shoulders. "They're saying she fell and nobody saw anything,” Jack Crow said. "It's what they told (the Department of Human Services), and they bought it. If I had walked into an emergency room with her looking like that, they would have had me detained.”
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DHS declines investigationThe Whispering Pines staff reported the incident to DHS, but its Long Term Care Investigations Unit decided not to open an investigation, both sides say. The Norman facility issued a statement on the matter Thursday. "When any allegations of wrong doings are made, Whispering Pines always contacts the state to investigate. Full cooperation is our first priority,” the statement reads. "The allegations Mr. Bledsoe is referring to are unfounded, have been fully investigated with no finding of fault against Whispering Pines.” In separate telephone calls, a Whispering Pines employee and Rebecca Moore of the Oklahoma Association of Health Care Providers said they could not say more about the case because of patient confidentiality rules mandated by federal law. A Norman police detective is investigating the matter, a police captain said Thursday.