Woman charged with abuse at GR Veterans Home

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – A woman has been charged with Vulnerable Adult Abuse, 4th degree, for an incident at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans last year.

Chris Becker, the Kent County Prosecutor, tells FOX 17 that Laurie Botbyl was charged for the incident.  The charge is a one-year misdemeanor.

State Representative Winnie Brinks (D-Grand Rapids) said in a statement that she was “gratified to hear that charges have been filed”, but added that she was “not surprised by this information, given that two separate audits conducted last year found that abuse was rampant.”

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  • Mac Zeff

    Something about this news stuff, is bothering me. First every major news place in GR is covering it one way or another.

    Now, according to the news, this incident happened in March 2016. Its now nearly a year later.

    The Kent County prosecutors said they looked at it and could do nothing.. Watching an 83 year old get shoved into a desk is not enough; – yet 1 year later they are pressing charges. Why Now?

    Are they as stupid as our states attorney general Bill Shuttee? Or is there more to this? Remember, the AG said “veterans don’t have to live there” and refused to investigate when he received complaints from veterans or family members, then later back peddled when the bad audit of the home came out.

    March 2016 is when residents of the home went to Lansing to testify in front of the House Joint Committee. Jerry L and former resident Gregory M testified at that hearing. If this story would have broke then, there would have been a fire storm that would have put the governor on a major hot seat for a while. It was in June of 2016 that the same Joint House committee held its hearings AT the home and heard even more testimony from residents and family members including one widow who claimed the home killed her husband by forcing him to take a drug he did not need which lead to his death.

    So one has to wonder, was this covered up? And if so, how much more is being covered up?