An Alton man was charged Friday in Madison County Circuit Court with two felony charges of abuse of a long-term health care facility resident and two felony charges of aggravated battery to an intellectually disabled person, Capt. Mike Dixon of the Madison County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
The man is identified as Marcus A. Lovett, 21, of the 1100 block of West Ninth Street.
On Wednesday, Feb. 26, at about 6:06 p.m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office responded to Beverly Farm at 6301 Humbert Road, Godfrey, for a delayed battery report. Deputies met with Beverly Farm’s assistant executive director, who reported the events. Deputies were advised that an employee of Beverly Farm told the facility’s human rights coordinator that Lovett battered two of the facility’s residents. The incidents reportedly took place on the evening of Tuesday, Feb. 25.
Information was developed during the investigation that Lovett, who is a group supervisor for Beverly Farm, slapped a 36-year-old resident’s face multiple times after the resident refused to comply with Lovett’s orders. After slapping the resident Lovett reportedly poured a bottle of water on the resident and struck the resident with the empty bottle.
Shortly after battering the first resident, Lovett reportedly slapped the face of a 61-year-old resident. Lovett reportedly slapped the second resident for not sitting down when Lovett told him to. Neither victim was seriously injured.
Deputies took Lovett in custody the evening of Feb. 26 when he arrived at Beverly Farm to speak with members of the administrative staff about the events.
Anyone with information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Madison County Sheriff’s Office at the following numbers: 618-296-4826 (Investigations), 618-692-4433 (Dispatch) or 618-296-3000 (Anonymous Tip Line).
Judge Neil Schroeder signed the felony warrant and information and set bond at $75,000.