Woman Charged with Abuse After Forcefully Shaking Hospice Patient

A woman has been charged with abuse after police say she violently shook a hospital resident who was lying in bed. According to arrest records, the woman, who holds power of attorney for the victim, met with the victim at the hospice unit of the Veterans Affairs Medical Center to discuss the power of attorney being revoked.

Police say the woman was first unable to wake the victim. When she could not do so, she grabbed the victim by his right shoulder and shook him several times. She then went around the bed and shook the victim by his left shoulder, police said. According to arrest records, the shaking was forceful enough to leave bruises on both of the victims arms.

According to police, the man has cancer and heart problems, is heavily medicated, and is unable to defend himself.
The woman is charged with knowing abuse/neglect of an adult. The mother of the woman being charged has defended her daughter blaming blood thinners for the bruising. 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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