Former Ruth Marie's Caregiver Gets 5 Years in Prison for Abuse

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

It's a horrific sound; but the sight is what gave prosecutors more than enough evidence to convict Kevin Lewis, a former caregiver and supervisor at Ruth Marie's Country Home in both Leon and Limestone Counties, of abuse.

Lewis was arrested in November of 2012 after the state got ahold of this video. Nearly a year later -- Lewis was convicted and sent to prison. The video shows Lewis blatantly pulling an elderly man off a chair, twisting his leg behind his head, pulling him across the floor and then stepping on him. All though out the video you can hear the cries of agony from the 58-year-old mentally disabled man. You can also hear Lewis laughing along with his co-worker who was filming the entire act from her cell phone.

Two days after the incident that took place at the “day-hab” on Merryweather Street in Jewett, the woman turned the footage in to her boss, who eventually handed it over to Adult Protective Services. Lewis was sentenced and convicted to five years in prison.

“That staff member said she did it as a form of documentation about what Mr. Lewis may have done to other patients throughout the course of his duties, or employment there and, she in return, turned it in to Adult Protective Services,” said Leon County Sheriff’s Investigator Victor Smith during a 2012 interview.

Last November Adult Protective Services contacted the Leon County Sheriff's Office for assistance. Once a positive ID was made, a warrant was issued for Kevin Lewis' arrest. Leon County Sheriff’s Investigator Victor Smith then contacted Lewis' family where he says Lewis consequently turned himself in to authorities in Limestone County.

Wednesday Lewis was convicted during a hearing in the Leon County Courthouse.

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