Marjorie Frank

Marjorie Frank (Booking photo)

2nd Nurse Charged With Failing To Report Abuse At Livonia Psychiatric Facility

July 17, 2018 - 2:19 pm

LIVONIA (WWJ) - A 74-year-old Detroit woman has been added to the list of employees charged in connection with alleged abuse at a Livonia psychiatric facility.

Marjorie Franks, who works as a nurse at Livonia COPE (Community Outreach for Psychiatric Emergencies), allegedly knew that a 48-year-old patient was being physically abused by employees, but failed to report it to the proper authorities.

She was arraigned in 16th District Court on Tuesday and received a $5,000 personal bond.

Franks, another nurse, a staff psychiatrist and a project manager are all charged with Failure to Report Abuse of Mental Health Recipient after Wayne County Prosecutors say three male patients suffered abuse at the facility, on Schoolcraft Road. 

It is alleged, according to Prosecutor Kym Worthy, that in March of this year, four COPE staffers physically assaulted three patients -- a 26-year-old man from Redford, a 48-year old man from Romulus and a 51-year-old man from Dearborn Heights -- who were mental health recipients at that time.

Those four employees, since fired from their jobs at the facility, were arraigned last week on charges of  Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Assault and Battery; and  -- in the case of the 48-year-old patient -- Assault With Intent to Do Great Bodily Harm by Strangulation.

Franks' next court date is set for on July 26, while others charged in the case are scheduled to appear for hearing later this week. 

Meanwhile, Ed Forry, president and CEO of Hegira Programs, Inc., which runs Livonia HOPE, said the company has "a zero-tolerance policy for any form of abuse" and is cooperating with police on the ongoing investigation.