By Joseph Wilkinson

Cops said Patrick Bowden, 39, essentially tortured Jeffrey Williams, 26, for months during his shifts at Williams’ home in Kenner, La.
Cops said Patrick Bowden, 39, essentially tortured Jeffrey Williams, 26, for months during his shifts at Williams’ home in Kenner, La. (Kenner Police Department)

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A Louisiana man trusted to care for a younger man with cerebral palsy was physically abusing him for months, police say.

Patrick Bowden, 39, punched, choked, slapped and essentially tortured Jeffrey Williams, 26, during his shifts at Williams’ home in Kenner, La., cops told Nola.com. Williams’s mother, Valerie, discovered the abuse when she checked the nanny cam in her son’s room earlier this week.

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Cops said Bowden’s abuse included picking up Williams by the neck, punching him, throwing him onto a bed and putting a cloth on his mouth, according to Nola.com.

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Bowden told police that he’d abused Williams “every day” since he started caring for the man in September 2019 at Williams’ home about 13 miles west of New Orleans, Nola.com reported. So far, police have only reviewed tape since February.

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Valerie Williams discovered the abuse after seeing her son’s arm was broken following Bowden’s Sunday-to-Monday overnight shift, according to Nola.com. She then reviewed the videotape from Bowden’s previous two shifts and called the cops.
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Police arrested Bowden on Monday and charged him with two misdemeanor counts of simple battery of the infirm. After reviewing more footage, they rearrested Bowden on Wednesday and charged him with 10 counts, Nola.com reported. He was also fired by United Cerebral Palsy of Greater New Orleans, a caregiving organization that had hired and approved Bowden.

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