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Nursing home worker denies beating resident

Shauntavia Bates can hardly contain herself Shauntavia Bates can hardly contain herself
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

 The woman accused of beating an 81-year-old woman says that she is innocent, and that she never laid a finger on the victim.   Shauntavia Bates can hardly contain herself when she thinks of how her life was turned upside down seemingly overnight.

"It breaks my heart because I have three kids, two step kids. I am a wife, my heart goes out to the elderly," said Shauntavia Bates.  

The former Southern Pines employee is accused of assaulting an elderly resident while giving her a bath back in May.   "What appeared to be that she was forcing water into the residents mouth, and the witness also observed the employee strike the victim twice with her hand," said Lt. Eric Hampton of the Thomasville Police Dept.      

Bates was arrested and charged with cruelty to a person 65 years or older, but she says she is innocent.   "I washed her hair, gave her a shower, the same way that I would do if 1,000 people we're watching," said Bates.  

Bates says she would never harm anyone. "It's not my character it's not me, I go overboard and beyond, I do extra things that I don't have to do."  

She says there is nothing that she would have done differently on that day.  "The detective asked what would I do different, I'd still go in and give a shower the same exact way, I wouldn't change anything at all."  

Bates believes that she was framed and wants to clear her name. "I'm innocent; there is no way around it."  

She says she stayed at Southern Pines to help residents not to harm them.   "I actually was out there because I cared, not because of the money, but because I cared about those people," Bates said.  

Southern Pines declined our request for an interview. Nurse Stacey Sams was also arrested for failure to report the incident. The case remains under investigation.

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