UPDATE: Caregiver charged after allegedly beating elderly blind man; victim responds

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UPDATE 5/16/17 @ 10 p.m.
OMAR, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A woman trusted to take care of an elderly man is behind bars after troopers say she brutally attacked him.

Shane Curtis lost his eyesight 12 years ago.

"I need help," he said. "Really I do."

For the past seven years, 45-year-old Tina Hatfield served as his caregiver. But their working relationship ended abruptly and violently Monday.

"It's quite a shock," Curtis said.

Curtis says without warning, Hatfield viciously attacked him in his home in Omar in Logan County.

"The first time she hit me in the privates," he said. "The next time she just started (beating) on me with a stick or a board or something."

The criminal complaint says when State Police showed up later, they found blood splattered all over the floor and on a metal broomstick

Curtis says after being knocked to the floor, he managed to call 911.

The complaint says after the victim was taken to the hospital, a trooper showed up at the house and spotted Hatfield in the front yard.

She took off running behind the house, and the trooper says he found her trying to hide in the cab of a truck.

Curtis says he still doesn't know why he was attacked.

"I don't know what to think or how to think about it," he said.

Curtis says his caregiver's behavior was not as professional during the last couple years, and he's suspected her of stealing.

"After I'd get my medication, the medication would disappear," he said. "Everything has been adding up and adding up. I've been letting things go. I can't let it go any more."

Hatfield is being held in the Southwestern Regional Jail on a $1 million bond.



ORIGINAL STORY
LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- A caregiver is behind bars after she allegedly struck a blind man under her care in the face with a blunt object.

Tina Hatfield, 45, of Omar, is charged with malicious abuse of an incapacitated adult by a caregiver resulting in bodily injury, malicious assault and fleeing on foot.

According to the criminal complaint, troopers went to a home in the 8000 block of Jerry West Highway and found an elderly man with cuts, bruises and blood on his face.

The trooper also saw a metal broomstick with blood on it that was bent at one end.

The victim told State Police that Hatfield, who was his caregiver, went into his home and told him he "wouldn't see tomorrow" before striking him repeatedly in the head and genitals.

The man said Hatfield took off after he called 911.

The man was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

After searching the area, troopers returned to the victim's home where Hatfield was seen walking through the front yard.

Hatfield then took off around the side of the home and was later found trying to hide inside a pickup truck parked behind the house.

Hatfield was taken to Southwestern Regional Jail where she is being held on a $1 million bond.

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