The Kanagawa prefectural government has reported an incident of abuse at Tsukui Yamayuri En (Tsukui Lily Garden) residential facility for people with mental disabilities.
According to police, a male staff member in his 60s abused a patient at around 6 p.m. on May 3 by punching him in the face with his right fist and then forcibly restrained his neck and upper body to calm him down, Sankei Shimbun reported. The worker also kneed the patient’s thigh several times.
The incident came to light after it was captured on surveillance camera footage and revealed in several interviews at the facility. Although the employee has admitted to hitting the patient, he denies kicking or forcefully holding down the man.
Prefectural authorities said they will launch an investigation into the incident to see if there have been any other cases of abuse.
Tsukui Yamayuri En currently employs 140 staff members. It is not under the same management of Tsukui Yamayuri En in Sagamihara, Kanagawa Prefecture where 19 people with intellectual disabilities were murdered in 2016.© Japan Today