TUNKHANNOCK TWP. – Two women were charged Friday for allegedly abusing a mentally challenged woman by tricking her to drink urine and eat feces at a residential group home in Wyoming County.
Kimberly A. Holzlein, 26, and Jill L. Hillard, 36, both of Tunkhannock, were arraigned on charges of simple assault, reckless endangerment, neglect of a care dependent person, harassment, disorderly conduct and criminal conspiracy.
Both women were released on $20,000 unsecured bail.
County detectives alleged that Holzlein and Hillard, both employees of the Association for Retarded Citizens, placed feces and urine into her food and drink at the group home at 15 Birch Drive, Tunkhannock Township.
The pair were both dismissed from their employment with ARC for allegations of abuse between Jan. 1, 2008, and Sept. 10, 2008.
Holzlein and Hillard, both dismissed from their employment with ARC, allegedly placed feces in pudding, bugs in a sandwich and fed it to the client they were responsible of caring for.
They are also accused of placing urine in the woman’s lemonade and had her drink it.
District Attorney George Skumanick Jr. said the client who is in her early 40s is currently being cared for at a different facility.
On March 31, Lori Bennet, interim executive director for the ARC of Wyoming County and Serena Helferich, program specialist, reported the allegations of abuse to the District Attorney’s Office, the criminal complaint states.