November 19th, 2012
A former employee of a local nursing home in Maryland was found guilty last week of nursing home abuse and neglect.
According to investigators, Tarslia Jackson, 39, was working at the Northwest Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, when she pushed and slapped a 71-year-old resident after a verbal altercation. Although the victim had no physical signs of abuse, another employee witnessed the confrontation and came forward. After investigations, Jackson was released from her job and charged with assault in the second degree of an elderly individual.
As punishment, Jackson has been placed on a year of probation and banned from working with the elderly. Furthermore, according to Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler, Jackson is required to pay all court costs, along with a monetary contribution to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund. In a statement after sentencing, Gansler explained why the defendant was liable for court costs:
“Marylanders who are placed in the care of others deserve to be treated with dignity and respected.Our most vulnerable adults,and their families,should know that this office stands with local law enforcement to protect them from abuse.”
In addition to criminal charges, Jackson will face civil charges should the victim retain a nursing home abuse attorney and file a personal injury lawsuit.