FAR ROCKAWAY (PIX11) — A certified nurse aide has been arrested after police say she assaulted an 80-year-old bedridden resident at a Queens nursing home.
The abuse took place in August 2014 at the West Lawrence Care Center, located at 1410 Seagirt Boulevard in Far Rockaway, N.Y.
According to court documents, 59-year-old Marie Jeanty told the resident to move so that she could change the resident’s clothing and bed linens. Jeanty then allegedly pushed and hit the resident multiple times in the arm and shoulder with a closed fist and forcibly pushed her into the side of the bed rail, causing her face to hit the bed rail.
As a result, the resident suffered a black eye and significant bruising and swelling to her left arm, right temporal area, and right orbital area, which required treatment at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital. Jeanty no longer works at the facility.
“When New Yorkers place those who mean the most to them in a nursing home, they should have confidence that their loved ones are not in danger of severe physical abuse,” Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said. “My office will bring criminal charges against nurses who violate the trust of the residents in their care and their family members.”
Jeanty is charged with assault in the second degree, a class D violent felony offense, for intent to cause physical injury, being ten years younger than such person and assaulting a person who is 65 years or older; endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person, or an incompetent or physically disabled person in the second degree; endangering the welfare of an Incompetent or physically disabled Person, class E felonies; and willful violation of health laws, a misdemeanor.
The defendant, who pleaded not guilty, was arraigned Thursday in Queens County Criminal Court.