SOUTHINGTON - A Waterbury woman accused of abusing a disabled woman while working at a Southington group home has been granted entry into a first-time offender program to keep her record clean.
Carrie Abdur-Rashid, 55, allegedly sprayed the woman in the face with a garden hose as a form of discipline on May 5, according to the arrest warrant in the case. She faces one felony count of intentional cruelty to persons.
On Thursday, in Bristol Superior Court, Abdur-Rashid was granted accelerated rehabilitation. She will be on a form of probation for two years, during which time she must not work at a group home and would be arrested if she does so.
If she completes the conditions of the program, the charge against her will be dropped on July 21, 2020.
Abdur-Rashid was fired by the group home sometime after her arrest.
“There’s some disparities as to what this actually was,” Ronald Dearstyne, the state prosecutor, said of the allegations. Abdur-Rashid has said she was playing a water game with the alleged victim, not using the water as discipline.
Dearstyne said he was “on the fence” as to whether accelerated rehabilitation would be appropriate for Abdur-Rahman.
According to the warrant, a Clark Street resident called police on May 5, at about 2:30 p.m., to report possible abuse. She said she heard yelling and screaming coming from a nearby group home.
The complainant, according to the warrant, then looked outside and heard one of two staff members, later identified as Abdur-Rashid, yelling things like “Do you want me to push you to the ground?” and “Do you want me to push you in the bushes?” She said she was yelling at one of the group home residents, who is intellectually disabled.
After the staff members and the resident walked around the group home, the neighbor told police, Abdur-Rashid allegedly picked up a garden hose and began spraying water in the face of the disabled woman. She also allegedly used vulgar language.
The complainant told police it did not look like they were just having fun, and it appeared abusive, according to the warrant.
Police later spoke to Abdur-Rashid and the other staff member present during the incident. Both told police the water fight was done in a fun, non-harmful way, and that it ended when the woman began to cry, according to the warrant.
The group home is managed by PrimeCare Inc. of Waterbury and receives funding from the state’s Department of Developmental Services.