Husband Captures Nursing Home Abuse of His Wife On Hidden Video Camera

A man who suspected his wife was being abused by nursing home staff hid a video camera in her room, capturing two unprovoked attacks by a worker, according to a police report.

Detectives used that evidence Wednesday to file first-degree felony abuse charges against the 30-year-old nurse aide.

The police report stated the wife, who was paralyzed by a stroke years ago and also has dementia, has lived at the home for the past three years. Several months ago the husband said his wife told him she was being abused, the report stated. An internal investigation at the nursing home was conducted and later closed because his wife was unable to identify her abuser, the report stated. The husband told police he decided to set up a video camera in his wife's room, which caught two separate incidents on tape, the report stated.

During one incident in June, the nurse aide  allegedly forced the wife out of her wheelchair, striking her three times on the arm before slinging her onto her bed. The force of the incident caused the wife to hit her head on the headboard, the report stated.

During another incident recorded in July, the worker allegedly picked up a doll the wife had in her lap and struck the wife with it in her chest. The nurse aid then wheeled the wife to her bed and "roughly" placed her in it, causing her to hit her head on the headboard, the report stated.

The report noted that both incidents were "totally unprovoked."

The aide reportedly denied ever laying a hand on the wife. When confronted with the video, she said she was protecting herself from the wife hitting her. For more, read the story.

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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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