Group home workers egged on residents to fight: prosecutor

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RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — Two former Long Island group home workers accused of encouraging a disabled resident in their care to attack another resident for their own amusement have been convicted.

Newsday reports 30-year-old Erin McHenry was found guilty of two felony counts of endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, and 59-year-old Stephen Komara has been convicted of two misdemeanor counts.

McHenry and Komara were among four workers fired by the Independent Group Home Living Program after cellphone footage taken by one of them showed a fight between two men under their care.

Prosecutors say one man shoved a resident to the ground as McHenry encouraged the man to attack the other.

The residents weren’t injured in the 2013 fight.

The pair will be sentenced on Feb. 22.