Ex-Nurse Charged After Allegedly Abusing Patient

A former Pee Dee nurse was arrested for alleged abuse of a vulnerable adult. 63 year old Jo Ann Graves who worked as a licensed practical nurse at the Pee Dee Regional Center on National Cemetery Road in Florence hit a person several times in the face in April 2021 while the person was a resident at the center. According to SLED, their agents used video surveillance to corroborate the allegation and were asked to investigate the incident by the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Graves was released on Friday from the Florence County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond. Previously, she was charged with abuse of a vulnerable adult and third-degree assault and battery in June 2021.