Jermeller Steed and Cicely Reed of Jonesboro, Georgia were held by police after a co-worker says she witnessed the women holding Anna Foley’s face and body beneath running water to simulate drowning.
Mrs Foley was at the facility suffering from severe dementia.
Using a shower curtain and physical force against her arms and wrists, the couple sprayed water in her face in a locked shower room using a handheld nozzle, ‘purposely obstructing her breathing, in a manner similar to waterboarding,’ according to the report.
The act is a form of torture, as described by the United States government which causes ‘severe physical suffering in the form of reflexive choking, gagging and the feeling of suffocation.
‘If uninterrupted, waterboarding will cause death by suffocation. It is also foreseeable that waterboarding, by producing an experience of drowning, will cause severe mental pain and suffering,’ according to Human Rights Watch.
In 2009 the technique was banned as an interrogation method by President Barack Obama.
Needless to say the two workers are no longer working at the nursing facility and are awaiting trial
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