SEATTLE, WA – Last week, Foss Home and Village agreed to settle a lawsuit filed by a disabled woman's family for $8 million, after video from a hidden camera caught their employee, Nshimiyiana Hamzat, raping the woman.
In 2019, the woman who has multiple sclerosis told her family that she was being repeatedly assaulted. Her son then placed a small webcam in her room, in order to monitor her care.
He saw his mother raped by her caregiver.
Investigations were conducted by the Department of Social and Health Services’ Adult Protective Services, the Seattle Police Department and by the nursing home itself, and all concluded that Hamzat had repeatedly raped and abused the helpless woman.
The Seattle Times reported:
In an emailed statement, Foss Home and Village CEO and President Rick Henry said, “We are heartbroken and devastated that our resident was sexually assaulted. Had we known, we would have immediately contacted the police in alignment with our established policies and procedures. As soon as we did know, the offending employee was immediately suspended and later terminated.”
Hamzat was charged with rape and indecent liberties, and is currently being held at the King County Jail on $200,000 bond, while awaiting trial.
* Nshimiyiana Hamzat came to this country from Nigeria.