Former CNA Sentenced to Prison After Allegations of Abuse

A judge has ordered a former certified nursing assistant (CNA) to serve 15 months in jail in connection with allegations of patient abuse.  The former CNA, 36, worked at a nursing home in January 2010 when she was accused of physically, verbally and emotionally abusing elderly patients.

The CNA was fired when the allegations surfaced and pleaded guilty to two counts of willful abuse or neglect of an adult last month. After a hearing earlier this week a judge denied the woman's chances of parole. After the judge heard testimony from the daughter of one of the victims, he said, “I can’t even comprehend a lady that age being in that kind of fear.” the now 90-year-old woman had told her daughters "don't make them mad or they will be mean to me."

The suspect also testified, claiming that she had anger problems and that she did not say some of the sings she was accused of. The judge however, said he did not believe her story. 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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