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Defendants In Quadrangle Case Found Not Guilty

"The court system blew us off," says son-in-law of 79-year-old Lois McCallister, who suffers from severe dementia.

Three former nursing home care staff, , 22, , 21, and , 19, accused of abusing an elderly woman in their care have been found not guilty of assault and related charges.

Court of Common Pleas Judge Kevin Kelly on Thursday afternoon called the defendants’ actions “repugnant” and showed a lack of appreciation to then 78-year-old Lois McCallister, who suffers from severe dementia, but said that based on the facts presented in the case he had to find them not guilty.

The three defendants cried once the verdict was announced and hugged their lawyers. Once the court was adjourned, none of the defendants wanted to comment to the press and only one of the three lawyers spoke to the media.

Authorities said that Traynham, Griffin and Muhammad forced McCallister to go topless and mocked and abused her in one incident in March of this year when McCallister was 78 years old. She is now 79. 

The three were charged with assault and related charges. Video of that incident .

“I think it’s the right verdict. … I thought the tape is exactly what it showed. There was nothing on that tape.  … The first time I saw it back in the day of the preliminary hearing I kept on thinking, ‘They must have another tape because I can’t see anything,’” said Michael Malloy, who represented Traynham. “I’m not even sure how the charges came forward. 

“When you look at that tape, it’s like “Where’s Waldo?” he said of the interactions of the defendants and McCallister that was recorded on the tape.

He said that Traynham has graduated from a community college and plans to attend La Salle University to get her nursing degree this spring semester.

While McCallister’s son-in-law Paul French did not want to speak to the Haverford-Havertown Patch or the rest of the press after the verdict was reach, he did call the Patch to share his thoughts of Kelly’s ruling.

“It’s horrible. … It seems like no justice has been done,” French said of the verdict and sounding very emotional in the phone interview. “What are we saying in Delaware County? At what point do we stop (elderly abuse)?”

French installed a hidden video camera in McCallister’s room at the Quadrangle after she complained to her family that she was being abused. French said that he wants to release the entire tape of the alleged abuse so people can watch it and come to their own conclusions.

“I want people to see the video and see if the judge made the right decision,” French continued. “(The judge) basically said, “It was wrong but it wasn’t criminal. … We are totally blown away about Delaware County. Maybe we should have waited for her to get a bone broken to get something done.

“The court system blew us off,” he said forcefully.

French did praise the efforts of the Haverford Township Police Department, including Detective Stephen Laughlin and Assistant District Attorney Robert Manzi, who tried the case.

The DA’s office did issue a statement late Thursday afternoon about the verdict.

"During the bench trial, Judge Kelly acting as the finder of fact listened to the case presented by the Commonwealth that included testimony and evidence as well as evidence presented by the defendants. The Commonwealth presented sufficient evidence within the meaning of the law. It is the role of the Office of the District Attorney to present testimony and evidence to the finder of the fact, and ultimately, it is the finder of fact who makes the decision," the statement read.

French was asked about the civil suit that the French Family .

“This is not about money. It never was. This was about (McCallister). I could care less if we get the money,” answered French.

When asked how his wife and McCallister’s daughter Mary French responded to the news of the verdict, he answered that she was distraught over the ruling.

McCallister is currently living with the French Family.

Jim December 15, 2011 at 07:29 PM
You have to be kidding me! This place has substanard help with off the chart prices and the worst care you could possible recieve from a assisted living facility.Please appeal this Kangaroo court decison.The Mccallister family deserves to have their Mothers abuse reconized by the criminal court! These 3 woman that were on trail are a bunch of animals.
Mag Delaney December 15, 2011 at 07:54 PM
This is an absolute disgrace! These employees are absolute animals. I agree with "Jim" - appeal this kangaroo court decision. These animals belong in jail.
Jim December 15, 2011 at 11:50 PM
Was this a bench trail? Was Judge Kelly the person who rendered this verdict? If Kelly did render this not guilty verdict,did this law firm contribute to his campaign? Lets find out. I know big law firms swindle judges for a favorable decison. This Judge might be on the defenses payroll!
Crystal Groves December 16, 2011 at 12:50 AM
How can ANY judge find these animals innocent! What they did to that woman was abusive, humiliating and cruel. Let's ask the judge if he would allow these animals to take care of his mother!
Jim December 16, 2011 at 01:18 AM
Was this Judge appointed or elected? Ok Crystal, lets ask Judge Kelly how he came to his decison and to publish it, in the Daily Times.I think the Mccallister family should get the support of the community, and ask this Judge to publish his opinion,or make him! It will be available to the public once it's transcribed.The daily times is the mouthpiece for the court of comman pleas in Delaware County, lets see if they have the guts to interview Judge Kelly and to ask the Judge, on what part of the constitution he based his verdict.
Joann December 16, 2011 at 01:34 PM
I know the family, they would LOVE to sit down with Judge Kelly.
PATMO December 16, 2011 at 05:05 PM
What a crock!!! Delaware County is full of DIRTY politicians. And when the get to the bottom of this they will see for themselves. How can ANY judge make the ruling he made knowing all the facts that he had in front of him. Paul and Mary complained of abuse for months before all of this happened.Then used a nany cam for only 4 days and found abuse.(4-DAYS).You should see the footage !!! Its unbelieveable ! For almost 17 minutes these three ,conspired, taunted,terrorized,poked,prodded,slapped,and humilitated Mrs Mcallister. The judge also had testimony of the three girls changing their stories after knowing on the hidden camera. With all that evidence and more. Do you think they should of got off scott free ? Do you think maybe some kind of community service,maybe at a hospice ? Something ??? No ! NOTHING ! Go figure.. Justice has NOT been served. To look on the bright side..THEY HAVE JUST AWAKEN A SLEEPING GIANT !!!
Jim December 16, 2011 at 05:09 PM
That sit down sounds like a plan Joann.I think the Superior Court would love to read Judge Kelly opinion.I know the Mccallisters will have it before the ink dries! Is there anyway Joann you could find out when Judge Kelly is up for election. I know a lot of people that want to run this creep out of the court of comman pleas in Media Pa. 19063
Jim December 16, 2011 at 05:22 PM
Patmo,make your move,you have everbody behind you,victory is in the hand! Please Mccallisters don't get discouraged we are behind you!
Lexi December 16, 2011 at 05:43 PM
He's up for election in 2012.
Joann December 16, 2011 at 08:48 PM
He was just voted in, Nov 2011. How can we find out if the attorneys donated to his reelection campaign ?
Joann December 16, 2011 at 08:48 PM
He was just voted in, Nov 2011. How can we find out WHO donated to his reelection campaign ?
Jim December 16, 2011 at 09:18 PM
Lets see if Mike Malloy was driving Judge Kelly around on Election Day and helping him go from pol to pol? Mike might have been good for a contribution.
bigben December 17, 2011 at 01:40 PM
The Judge needs to be investigated. Pay tp play is in the air

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