COOKEVILLE, T.N., — A new update into the investigation at Senior Lifestyles, a senior home located in Cookeville. According to reports, Stephanie Butler, owner of the establishment, was arrested on charges of Theft and Adult Abuse/Neglect.
In May, the Senior Lifestyles LLC, senior home came under investigation and a search was conducted by the office of District Attorney General Bryant Dunaway, Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, Cookeville Police Department and the 13th Judicial Drug Task Force, according to officials. The home was placed under investigation in regards to possibilities of elderly abuse and exploitation.
According to other news sources, the facility, administrative offices and a car belonging to Stephanie Butler were searched. As of Friday, an arrest has been made against Butler on several charges.
Allegedly, Butler deprived a 65-year-old male occupant of the facility of his Oxycodone prescription. The prescription is necessary to the man due to health issues. Butler is also accused of taking two checks from a female patient at the facility. According to a warrant, Butler wrote one check for $900 and used it to pay rent for Senior Lifestyles. The other check was allegedly written out to Butler herself for another $900. The female patient never gave Butler permission to either check, according to officials.
In an interview with News Channel 5, Ed Butler, husband of the defendant had this to say, “My children and I are devastated by the news of my wife, Stephanie’s arrest. Her behavior violated not only the trust of her patients, but also the trust of our family. Our children are my number one priority. I am helping them cope with the suffering they are experiencing. I have and will continue to cooperate fully with District Attorney Bryant Dunaway’s office as the investigation continues.”
Butler was taken into custody on Friday, June 8th but has since made bond. Butler’s total bond is set at $8,000.