Caretaker Will Go To Trial After Allegedly Hitting Elderly Patient In The Head With Walker

According to prosecutors, a caretaker accused of hitting an elderly man on the head with his own walker will stand trial on charges of assault and elder abuse. The 50-year-old suspect was ordered to take the stand after  a preliminary hearing last week.

The caretaker was arrested in 2011, after the 88-year-old man he was hired to care for was found bleeding heavily from a head wound as the caretaker slept in the next room, according to prosecutors. Police discovered the man in response to a welfare check. The victim's nephew had contacted police to report that the caretaker sounded drunk over the phone.

The elderly man was hospitalized and became comatose. He was treated for a stroke and died less than three months later. An investigation revealed that the man was struck on the head with his own walker. The caretaker remains in custody in lieu of $200,000 bail. 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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