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July 18, 2013

Two caregivers who worked at a Tucson, Arizona nursing home were arrested this week on suspicions of nursing home abuse against an elderly resident.

According to police reports, Annuhar Jesus Ruiz, 29, and Elisa Moreno, 67, were both caregivers at the Asterion Acres assisted living facility. They were arrested this week after allegations of abuse against a 93-year-old female resident of the facility. Other staff members witnessed the pair allegedly striking the elderly resident on numerous occasions, with both fists and open hands. In addition, per Deputy Jesus Banuelos of the Pima County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses also stated that the former caregivers hit the victim with a remote control. Other objects were reportedly thrown as well. So far, there has been no mention of the victim’s condition after the abuse.

After the allegations, police continued to investigate the facility. However, there was no indication of any other form of abuse. Ruiz now faces four felony charges of nursing home abuse while Moreno faces five felony nursing home abuse charges. Both were terminated from their positions at Asterion Acres.

Keep in mind that if your loved one has been the victim of nursing home abuse and/or neglect, there are federal and state laws in place to protect the elderly, and an experienced nursing home abuse attorney can help you. At McIver Brown law firm, our team of award-winning Arizona nursing home abuse lawyers will be happy to assist you. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us help you get the justice you deserve.


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