June 10, 2012
A former nursing home worker who attacked a mentally disabled resident, causing the resident’s death, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter and knowingly abusing an adult. Both charges carry prison sentences of 5 to 10 years.
Prosecutors said the 21-year-old former nursing home employee beat or kicked the resident causing his death. An autopsy showed that the man died from internal abdominal bleeding.
The attacker was originally charged with one count of murder but pleaded guilty to the lesser charge of second-degree manslaughter.
The man originally lied to a detective saying another resident strangled the victim. The wrongfully accused man was charged with murder and jailed. However, the victim’s autopsy showed the strangulation story was a lie.
Physical nursing home abuse is a very serious crime and if noticed it needs to be reported to the police immediately. We also encourage you to contact a nursing home abuse attorney who can help the victim and their family with their legal options.