August 14, 2003 - Posted at 7:23 a.m. CDT
PINE BLUFF, Ark. --An elderly woman is NOT expected to live after suffering a beating with brass knuckles in her nursing home bed.
That's the word from the woman's granddaughter. Two women are charged with adult abuse in the case. But a prosecutor says he's prepared to alter the charges if 81-year-old Willie Mae Ryan dies. Nursing assistants 17-year-old Shermika Rainey and 44-year-old Gayla Wilson are each charged with a felony count of adult abuse.
They work at Dallas County Nursing Home.
The pair were accused in Ryan's beating on July 30th. Authorities say Ryan was beaten by a certified nurse's aide while another employee held her on the bed. According to an affidavit, Wilson told Rainey she was tired of the woman, quote, ``being disrespectful.''