Nurse Charged with Punching 93-Year-Old Patient in the Face
Posted by PKSD Law Firm on Jan 13, 2015 in Nursing Home Abuse
The former employee of a Tuscaloosa, Ala. nursing home has been charged with punching a 93-year-old patient in the face in October 2014.
Forty-seven-year-old Anita Brenett Watford was arrested last week and subsequently indicted by a grand jury for the alleged abuse of an unnamed victim who was a resident at Glen Haven Health and Rehabilitation Center in Northport last year. Watfords actions violated the Adult Protective Services Act of 1976.
According to reports, the elderly woman repeatedly spit out her medication while Watford was attempting to administer it to her. Watford claimed she was merely trying to restrain the woman to give her the medication but eyewitness accounts contradict this story.
Joy Patterson, spokesperson for Attorney General Luther Strange, said that Watson was indicted Oct. 31 and bond was set at $10,000. Patterson confirmed that Watford has since left police custody after paying her bond.
The act Watford is accused of is classified as a Class C felony because it caused physical harm to the patient. Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge James Roberts will hear her plea on April 3.
The nursing home abuse attorneys at Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice have zero tolerance for behavior that causes pain or suffering of any kind to any person, but especially to the elderly.
We know that many of our aging loved ones are placed into nursing homes typically as a last resort, because we simply do not have the resources to properly care for them. When the help of an assisted living facility is employed, it is done under the reasonable assumption that our loved ones will receive the compassionate treatment and skilled care that they deserve.
Sadly, abuse stories such as this incident in Tuscaloosa are not uncommon. Whether a home does not conduct the proper criminal background checks, provide enough support to the caretakers or acts in another negligent manner, they should be held accountable.
If you suspect your loved one is being abused or neglected, contact Pitman, Kalkhoff, Sicula & Dentice today for a FREE review of your claim.
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