The head of a company that provides care for disabled people said Saturday that a man and woman accused of attempted murder in the beating of a 15-year-old girl in their care were not working for her when police say the incident happened.
Verrone Nicosia Oneal, 36, and Shatuana Nicole McGee, 42, were arrested Thursday morning at their home at 3206 Dove Tree Lane. A July directory from Alliance Behavioral Healthcare listed that as one several Raleigh locations for Rusmed Consultants LLC.
Saturday, Tammy Russell Meadows, CEO of Rusmed, said Oneal and McGee were “definitely not working for Rusmed at the time of this incident.”
Police said the girl arrived at WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh on June 10 with “severe physical injuries.” They have not said how she got to the hospital, where medical personnel called police.
In charging Oneal and McGee, police said in an arrest warrant that she had a swollen stomach from heavy internal bleeding, two broken vertebrae, a broken rib and numerous bruises.
Police said in the warrant that Oneal and McGee had been providing respite care to the girl, whose disability has not been disclosed. Respite care is temporary care that gives a break to unpaid providers who are caring for a disabled person.
Meadows said Oneal and McGee had separated from Rusmed, though she was unclear about when that happened. She stressed, however, that they were not employees “at the time of that” incident.
She did not disclose the circumstances under which Rusmed parted company with Oneal and McGee.
Meadows said confidentiality laws prevented her from saying whether the girl had been a Rusmed client when Oneal and McGee were working for the company.
She also said she was “not at liberty to speak” about whether Oneal and McGee had gone to work for another provider or how the girl came to be at their home.
“I express my most sincere sympathies and condolences ... to all three of the families involved” in the incident, Meadows said.
Oneal and McGee remained in the Wake County Detention Center on Saturday in lieu of $1.5 million bail each. They are accused of attempted murder and felony child abuse by intentionally causing injury. They had first court appearances on Friday.