January 28, 2013
A Wisconsin woman who was charged with nursing home abuse in June of last year waived her rights to a hearing last week in court.
According to reports, Ginger S. Newlun, 50, of Wonewoc, is a former employee of the Crest View Nursing Home in New Lisbon, where she worked as a certified nursing assistant. While employed at the nursing home, she allegedly physically and mentally abused an 86-year-old resident.
After two fellow nursing assistants witnessed the abuse, they informed the authorities. One of the nursing assistants stated that she witnessed Newlun verbally and physically threaten the resident on several occasions. The other nursing assistant stated that the abuse had been going on for a months. In one particular instance, Newlun was overheard threatening to break the victim’s fingers.
Newlun was charged and arrested for one felony count of aggravated battery and one felony count of intentional abuse of a patient in order to cause bodily harm. She is out on a $25,000 bond.
Newlund demanded a preliminary hearing last year, but this past Tuesday, changed her mind and waived her rights.
The trial date has still not been set for Newlun’s criminal charges, but an arraignment is scheduled for March 5 in the Juneau County Superior Court. The victim’s family also have the option of seeking legal representation from a nursing home abuse attorney and filing civil charges for personal injury.