SOUTHINGTON - A Waterbury woman accused of abusing a disabled woman while working at a Southington group home is seeking a program to keep the case off her record.
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 count of intentional cruelty to persons - a felony.
Abdur-Rashid, who is free on a non-surety bond, was arraigned Monday in Bristol Superior Court. During the brief hearing, she filed an application for Accelerated Rehabilitation - a first-time offender program. If granted, Abdur-Rashid could be on pretrial probation for up to two years before the case against her is dropped, as if she had been found not guilty after a trial. She would need to avoid any new arrests during that time and complete any other conditions a judge feels are necessary.
Abdur-Rashid is due back in court on July 26. Prosecutors on Monday did not give any hint as to whether they would object to the program.
According to the warrant, a Clark Street resident called police on May 5, at about 2:30 p.m., to report a possible abuse situation. 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 to one of the group home residents, who is intellectually disabled.
After the two 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 that it appeared abusive, according to the warrant.
Police later spoke to Abdur-Rashid and the other staff member who was present for the incident. Both told police the water fight was done in a fun, non-harmful way, and that it ended when the victim began to cry, according to the warrant.
The victim told police she believed Abdur-Rashid sprayed her in the face because she was mad at her, the warrant said.
The group home is managed by PrimeCare Inc. - based in Waterbury - and receives funding from the state’s Department of Developmental Services.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.