Last update: May 30, 2009 - 7:51 AM
ALBERT LEA, Minn. - The attorney for one of the young women charged with abusing nursing home residents in Albert Lea is questioning whether her statements to police were legally obtained.
Larry Maus was in court in Albert Lea on Friday with his client, 19-year-old Brianna Broitzman.
Police allege that over several months in 2008, Broitzman and co-defendant Ashton Larson sexually and psychologically abused a number of patients at the Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea while they worked there.
Maus argued that investigators should have formally advised Broitzman of her Miranda rights during interviews at the law enforcement center.
Detective Deb Flatness testified she tried to communicate to the women that the interviews, which were done before their arrest, were voluntary.
Information from: Albert Lea Tribune, http://www.albertleatribune.com