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Woman says she was abused by AIMES Consulting Inc. caregivers

Posted: 6:54 PM, May 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-19 01:55:43Z

Latasha Perkins is a single mother of seven kids and she said she's living a nightmare. 

Perkins said her 19-year-old daughter Essence who suffers from mental illness and has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old child was physically, sexually, and verbally abused while under the care of AIMES consulting Inc. for two years. 

Perkins says her daughter has been living inside group homes since she was 11-years-old. 

At the age of 16, she found herself living in Oildale under the supervision of two unidentified AIMES caregivers. 

AIMES Consulting Inc. is contracted by Kern Regional Center. 

When deputies interviewed the caregivers this month they told law enforcement they did heat a pot of water on a stove and poured it onto Perkins back while she was lying down. 

According to KCSO deputies, Essence suffered second-degree burns and was taken to a doctor by the caregivers. The girl told deputies she was assaulted often specifically punched in the face several times. 

Perkins says no one from AIMES, Kern Regional or KCSO ever informed her of her daughter's abuse. 

Aimes Consulting sent 23ABC a statement regarding the allegations made by Perkins.

It reads in part, quote:

We pride ourselves on a long history of care and compassion for everyone we support. we are fully cooperating with all aspects of this investigation. one of the individuals involved has not been employed with Aimes for over a year and the other individual is on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.