CHICKASAW, Ala. (WKRG) — Chickasaw Police arrested two people who they say poured boiling water onto a special needs resident at Nobles Group Home. Chickasaw police said the two arrested worked at the home.

Kevin Jermaine Franklin, 22, and Dakerria Latrice Hall, 21, were charged with abuse and neglect of a protected person. The pair are accused of abusing a 52-year-old man who has physical and mental disabilities. Both Franklin and Hall have bonded out of Mobile Metro Jail, according to jail records.

Chickasaw police say the two were caregivers at the home.

“The people that are entrusted to be their caregivers have failed. They not only have failed that patient but all the other patients because for you to do something so depraved as dumping boiling water onto someone, and from what I’ve gathered in the investigation was only because the patient would not roll over for a diaper change is incomprehensible,” said Chickasaw Police Chief Keith Miller.

Chickasaw police said the patient has second-degree burns. The patient has already undergone a first debridement treatment, according to police.

“It’s horrific, there’s no cause for it. The patients are there because they cannot care for themselves or perhaps they don’t have family members that can care for them, and that is an alternative for putting them into some other hospital,” said Chief Miller.

Chickasaw police say the investigation is still active, and ask anyone with other allegations of abuse to contact them.

This is a developing story. WKRG News 5 is working to gather more information. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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