Nursing Home Employee Allegedly Punches Severely Disabled Resident

An employee of a nursing home allegedly punched a severely mentally retarded, non-verbal, autistic resident in the back after the resident attempted to get some raisin bread out of the facilities kitchen, officials stated. The employee, who was contracted out by the facility, has been charged with neglect of care of a dependent person, simple assault and harassment.

According to court records, another employee witnessed him punching the victim in the back with a closed fist. The employee then proceeded to push the victim into a room and closed the door, according to the documents. When the employee who witnessed the event confronted offending employee, who said he had gotten too physical but had been bitten and “lost his cool,” court records stated.

The employee admitted to police that he pushed the victim to his room, and he struck the victim with the heal of his palm after the victim bit him in the right arm. Three years ago another facility owned by the company who operates the nursing home had a violent resident-on-resident situation which resulted in death of one resident. 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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