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Care center worker accused of orchestrating, recording assault on disabled patient

An employee at a Somerset care center has been accused of enticing one developmentally disabled adult to hit another disabled patient while the worker recorded the assault on his cellphone, Attorney General Jack Conway's office said in a news release.

Coty King, 22, of Pine Knot, who worked at Bluegrass Oakwood in Somerset, was charged Monday with two counts of knowing neglect of a vulnerable adult, the news release said.

Oakwood staffers notified the attorney general's office Monday morning after learning about the alleged assault, and investigators arrested King at Oakwood.

"Our office took swift action," Conway said in the news release. "I appreciate the work of my investigators to work with local law enforcement to protect some of our Commonwealth's most vulnerable citizens. This type of alleged abuse will not be tolerated."

King was taken to the Pulaski County jail, the news release said.

The charge is a felony, punishable by up to five to 10 years in prison.

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