Ex-worker guilty of abuse at GR vets home

Laurie Botbyl
Laurie Botbyl's mug shot from the Kent County Correctional Facility.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A former caregiver has been convicted of abusing an 83-year-old with dementia at the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans last year.

On Thursday, Laurie Lyn Botbyl was found guilty of fourth-degree vulnerable adult abuse.

Police said surveillance video from March 27, 2016 showed Botbyl push a veteran who had dementia and was in a wheelchair into a desk as others watched and did nothing.

Botbyl lost her job after the incident. She was an employee of J2S, a much-criticized private firm that used to provide caregivers at the veterans home.

She was charged in February of this year.

The charge of which she was convicted is a misdemeanor punishably by up to a year in jail. However, because she her criminal history included only unpaid traffic ticket, it’s unlikely she’ll be ordered to a long stay behind bars.