Topeka woman pleads to abusing 2 mentally challenged men

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A Topeka woman pleaded no contest to abusing two mentally challenged men. Twenty-one-year-old Brooke Shinn entered the plea Tuesday to two felony counts of attempted mistreatment of a dependent adult. Two other charges were dropped.

Shinn cared for the men in a home where they lived in Lawrence while working for ResCare in 2015.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports an arrest affidavit says that for several months, Shinn beat the men, locked them in their rooms for days and locked one in a small closet.

Prosecutor Amy McGowan recommended that Shinn be sentenced to a year of probation for each count, to be served consecutively. She also recommended Shinn serve 10 days in jail and several other conditions.

Shinn, who no longer works for ResCare, will be sentenced Nov. 21.


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