RACINE — A video surfaced online Friday showing two women outside a local group home facility appearing to roughly handle a man, dump a liquid on his face and back, and yell at him to “Get up!”
Two Racine Police officers responded at about 2:30 p.m. Friday to the group home: the Love of Caring “Tulip” facility at 1834 13th St., near Park High School. At about 3 p.m., they left the facility and told The Journal Times they could not provide any information regarding the visit.
Marisol Salazar, who said her mother took the video that was posted on Facebook, said it was taken at about noon Thursday, but not posted until Friday. She said her mother, who lives near the group home, had witnessed abuse in the past, but she didn’t have evidence.
On Thursday, when she pulled up she saw the people outside and started recording. When the women saw her mother recording, Salazar said, they tried to get the phone from her. After her mom called her, Salazar said, she called police and Human Services; after that her brother, Christian Salazar, posted the video on Facebook.
“If that was my loved one, I would want to press charges,” Salazar said.
There are three other Love of Caring facilities in the Racine area — 101 Howland Ave., 1638 Echo Lane and 2214 William St.
The Tulip facility, outside of which the video was taken, offers care for people with developmental and physical disabilities, dementia, mental illnesses, traumatic brain injuries and those who are elderly.
The Journal Times contacted the Wisconsin Department of Health Services to ask if anyone had been contacted about an incident at the property.
“As complaint investigations are unannounced, we cannot confirm, deny, or acknowledge if we have received a complaint. It is only once a complaint investigation is underway that we would be able to acknowledge that we are conducting an investigation,” a DHS spokeswoman said.
Love of Caring CEO Nicole Cobb did not reply to several phone calls on Friday afternoon.
According to DHS, the monthly rate for residents of the 13th Street home where the video was taken is between $4,835 and $6,000, which is near the median for statewide rates. The home was most recently registered with the state in December 2016 after no deficiencies were found at the facility, according to DHS.
In 2015, the Love of Caring facility on Howland Avenue was cited by DHS for not having a “safe physical environment,” although an inspection report shows the deficiency had been corrected within three months.
In April 2017, two employees of a Love of Caring group on Howland Avenue were charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct charges after they allegedly got into a physical fight while at the home on Jan. 5, 2017. According to a criminal complaint, the fight began after an argument over the employees’ work schedules.
In that case, charges against of the women were dismissed outright.
But Tierre Crawford, 42, was found guilty of disorderly conduct. The battery charge was dismissed.
Crawford had been hired despite having prior convictions for disorderly conduct, obstructing an officer and hit-and-run.