NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ — Four New Brunswick residents who work at Broadway Respite and Home Care facility in East Brunswick are among those facing charges after police say two severely disabled individuals were physically abused at the facility in May.
A grand jury returned an indictment Tuesday, charging the facility on Edgeboro Road in East Brunswick with two counts of abandonment and neglect of a disabled person, and two counts of endangering another person for conduct involving two different victims, according to a press release issued by Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Christopher L.C. Kuberiet.
Five employees of the facility, Asia Lunn, 22, Kenitra Hicks, 34, Kieasha Morgan 24, Hugo Lorenzo, 25, all of New Brunswick and Janella Allen, 31, of Elizabeth were indicted on two counts of abandonment and neglect of a disabled person and two counts of endangering another person, for two separate victims, both third-degree crimes.
Lunn was also indicted on one count of aggravated assault in the third degree.
The indictment was handed up Tuesday following a presentation to a Middlesex County Grand Jury by Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Russell Curley.
The defendants were charged as a result of an investigation by Detective Crispin Farrace of the East Brunswick Police Department and Detective Olivia Ankudowicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Police said that in May, two severely disabled individuals who attended the adult day care were physically abused by employees of Broadway Respite and Home Care. The indictment alleges the facility failed to act to protect the physical or mental health of the two disabled adult victims.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Farrace at (732) 390-6900, or Detective Ankudowicz at (732) 745-5547.