June 27, 2013
Two Port Jefferson Station, New York nursing home workers plead not guilty this week to nursing home abuse, stemming from an alleged 2012 incident.
According to reports, personal caregiver Laura Harper and registered nurse Raquel Bouton both worked at the Woodhaven Nursing Home in 2012, when they reportedly abused an 88-year-old male resident who suffers from dementia.
In March of 2012, the two suspects tied the elderly victim’s hand up and began to punch him after he wouldn’t allow them to change his urine-soaked clothes. They also placed a pillow over his head, which resulted in breathing problems.
Per the indictment against the two workers, the victim not only suffered from breathing problems, but also had extensive bruising in the torso area and complained of physical pain.
Another aide at the nursing home witnessed the incident, and came forward to the administration at the nursing home a few days later. The nursing home administration then reported the incident to authorities.
Earlier this year, another case of nursing home abuse stemmed from Woodhaven. Two different workers reportedly took alarming videos and photos of the nursing home residents.
Both Bouton and Harper have been charged with felony nursing home abuse. If convicted, they may face up to seven years in prison.
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