$64 million awarded in care home lawsuit

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GORDON, Ga. (AP) – A Wilkinson County judge has awarded $64.6 million to a man who claimed he was beaten by several employees in a personal-care home.

In January, Judge William Prior issued the final judgment against The Columbus Organization and Columbus Community Services, which operated in the Total Care Personal Care Home in Gordon, and against 10 employees.

A complaint was filed in November by Betty Gill, the mother of Joseph Cason Jr. The complaint says Cason, who is mentally disabled, was “repeatedly and sadistically beaten and otherwise abused by employees” in November 2013. A surveillance camera recorded the abuse.

Gordon Mayor Mary Ann Whipple-Lue’s sister, Pamela Reaves, operated Total Care. The claim says Total Care employees took Cason to cast a vote for Whipple-Lue in the Gordon city election despite his mental incapability to vote.

Reaves could not be reached for comment by media outlets.

UPDATE: This story reflects updates to an earlier post.

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3/1/2016 5:21:52 AM (GMT -5:00)