Chicago man charged in Geneva nursing home sex abuse after resident with disabilities gives birth

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Sunday, May 12, 2024
Man charged in Geneva care home sex abuse after resident gives birth
Chicago man Isaiah Fields has been charged in a sex abuse case at the Geneva Marklund nursing home after a resident with disabilities gave birth.

GENEVA, Ill. (WLS) -- A Chicago man has been charged in connection to the sex abuse of a resident at a suburban nursing home.

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The victim, resident at Marklund Hyde Center in Geneva, was discovered to be pregnant last month and recently gave birth. She is said to have profound disabilities.

Isaiah Fields, 22, of Chicago has been charged with Aggravated Criminal Sexual Assault, Criminal Sexual Assault and Aggravated Battery, the Kane County State's Attorney's Office said.

Fields was charged after the DNA samples were taken from employees at the nursing home during the investigation into the sex abuse.

Up to 96 adult residents live at the campus in Geneva at any given time, all of whom have what are described as profound developmental disabilities.

Las month, care facility management discovered the sexual abuse after sending one of their residents to Delnor Hospital for a checkup only to find out she was 33 weeks pregnant.

"We've served thousands of individuals. We've never had a case like this. It's an act of evil. A criminal act," Gil Fonger, president and CEO at Marklund, said last month.

The victim's family had returned her to the facility last month, where she is currently being cared for.

Marklund issued the following statement from Fonger on Sunday about the arrest made by the Kane County Sherrif's Office:

"Since we first reported the case of sexual abuse against a Marklund resident on April 9, we have worked closely with the Kane County Sheriff's Office. We are grateful for their diligent efforts, as well as the support of the Kane County State's Attorney, which has led to the arrest of a former Marklund staff member. Knowing that this nightmare has reached this stage, it feels like a huge weight has been lifted off our organization, and allowed us all to breathe a sigh of relief. While it cannot change the past, we are at least confident in knowing that justice will be served. Our administration team will continue to cooperate throughout the judicial process."