July 25, 2013
A former employee of a Largo, Florida nursing home facility was accused of nursing home abuse and subsequently arrested last week.
According to police reports, 54-year-old Linda Pullen Batrin, a former staff member of the Pinecrest Place nursing home, was appointed to care for a 93-year-old Alzheimer’s victim who resided at the facility. Reportedly, one of the nursing home supervisors witnessed Batrin abusing the resident on July 11. Per the arrest affidavit, Batrin was caught insulting the victim while grabbing her shirt and tipping her chin up. In addition, Batrin slapped the resident after releasing her shirt.
Batrin was questioned by the Largo police shortly after the nursing home supervisor called authorities. She readily admitted that she struck the victim, stating that she had an argument with her boyfriend earlier, which led to her anger and aggression that day.
As a result, Batrin was arrested and taken to the Pinellas County jail. She was released last Friday on a $5,000 bail. She now faces a felony charge of battery against an elderly person, 65 years of age and older.
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