Bond Denied to Woman Who Smothered Elderly Assisted Living Resident

A nurse's aide accused of embezzling from and smothering to death an 82-year-old assisted living patient in November was denied bond in a hearing on Friday. The 31-year-old nurse's aid confessed to killing the woman, whom she had cared for at the center, and then trying to cover up the crime.

According to officials, the aide forged and cashed more than $1,200 in checks made out to herself on the elderly woman's account. She then hid in an unused room and surreptitiously called a nursing station at least seven times in an attempt to get into the elderly woman's room undetected.

Once in the woman's room, she smothered her "in a violent struggle," then dragged her to the shower and left the water running. The woman faces 30 years to life in prison if convicted of the murder and financial crimes. A trial date has not been set. For more, read the story.

Robert W. Carter, Jr. is a Virginia attorney whose law practice is dedicated to protecting the rights of the victims of nursing home and assisted living neglect and abuse in Richmond, Roanoke, Norfolk, Lynchburg, Danville, Charlottesville, and across Virginia.

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