December 3rd, 2010
A Massachusetts woman who assaulted an 81-year-old nursing home resident with severe dementia got a suspended jail sentence and will not serve jail time if she stays out of trouble. Witnesses say the nursing home worker hit the resident at least twice, grabbed her hair, and yanked her head back and forth, ripping hair from the elderly woman’s scalp. The resident was also verbally berated throughout the attack.
The incident of nursing home abuse occurred at Springside Nursing Home in Pittsfield, Massachusetts on August 12. Prosecutors had recommeded a two-year jail sentence but the judge instead gave the abuser a two-year suspended jail sentence and probation, meaning she will serve no jail time if she avoids trouble and follows her court-ordered conditions.
Witnesses to the abuse said the elderly resident was traumatized by the attack. The woman died a month later but not from injuries related to the attack.
If your loved one has been a victim of nursing home abuse you should report the abuse to authorities immediately, and contact a nursing home abuse lawyer to discuss your legal options.