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June 26, 2013

An Augusta, Georgia nursing home employee was arrested last week and charged with two different counts after complaints of nursing home abuse against an Alzheimer’s patient.

According to reports, 32-year-old Lashanda Annette Johnson, an employee at The Place nursing home off of Deans Bridge Road, reportedly woke up one of the elderly residents at the facility in order to change her bed sheets. For reasons not yet known, Johnson and the resident got into an argument. As a result, Johnson allegedly shoved the resident, who suffers from Alzheimers, back onto her bed. She then threatened more physical abuse if the victim tried to get up.

Richmond County police investigated the incident last week, which according to the official police report, occurred early Monday morning. After interviewing the suspect and witnesses, Johnson was arrested. She now faces one count of simple battery and one count of abuse of an elder and disabled adult. While police were at the nursing home, they also viewed a surveillance camera which confirmed the allegations of abuse.

Per Georgia law, anyone found guilty of nursing home abuse not only faces the possibility of hefty fines, but also prison time. Johnson’s court date has not yet been set.

If your loved one has been victim to nursing home abuse and/or neglect, keep in mind that you’ll need an experienced nursing home abuse attorney by your side should you decide to file suit. At McIver Brown law firm, our leading Georgia nursing home abuse lawyers have helped numerous victims win the justice they deserve. For more information and a no-obligation consultation, feel free to contact us today.

Source: http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2013-06-19/nursing-home-employee-charged-hurting-alzheimers-patient?v=1371687790

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