Special to the Enterprise
A south Georgia woman has been arrested after a raid on a Thomasville home.
Earnistine Yates was arrested August 15 after a raid by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Thomasville Police Department, Thomas County Sheriff’s Office and Georgia Probation at the Break Through Independent Living Center located at 1116 Cassidy Road in Thomasville.
Yates is charged with abuse, neglect and exploitation of disabled persons, false imprisonment, and operating a personal care home without a license.
Investigators say the home is owned by the House of Joy Church located on East Walcott Street in Thomasville.
Thomasville Police began looking into the nursing care facility a month ago after a claim was made about a sexual assault. Investigators say they suspected abuse and neglect at the home and requested assistance from the GBI.
“The abuse and neglect we feel like was happening was that people were being locked in their rooms as well as being tied up with belts,” said Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent in Charge Steve Turner.
The case still remains under investigation.