July 26, 2013
A former staff member at an Altoona, Alabama nursing home was arrested this week for nursing home abuse after being accused of assaulting an elderly female resident of the facility.
According to reports, the arrest was made after an incident last December in which James Dean Justice, 44, allegedly assaulted one of the residents at the Altoona Health and Rehabilitation Inc. nursing home. On December 26, Justice struck the resident. Administration at the nursing home contacted authorities shortly after.
After months of investigations, a local attorney with the Medicaid Fraud Unit in Alabama handed over evidence to an Etowah grand jury last month. A warrant was then issued for Justices’ arrest. He was arrested this Wednesday but was released on a $5,000 bond.
Justice faces a Class C felony charge of abuse of a protected person. If found guilty, he could face a fine of $15,000 and up to 15 years in prison.
Details regarding the health of the victim have not yet been released.
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