Nursing assistant allegedly smothered elderly patient
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (WHDH) -- A nursing assistant working at the Life Care Center nursing home in Plymouth was arrested after another employee reportedly witnessed her holding a pillow over an elderly patient’s face.
The nursing assistant’s attorney said she has 20 years experience working at nursing homes, but has only been at this nursing home for two weeks.
The incident occurred early Thursday morning when an 87-year-old female who suffers from dementia became combative, then started spitting and throwing bodily fluids at two nursing assistants according to the police report
The police report also said that at one point the 52-year-old nursing assistant was seen "holding a pillow over the [alleged victim's ] head, with her hand pressed firmly down on the pillow, holding it in place."
The suspect was charged with assault with intent to murder, but her attorney said she's innocent.
"My client was dealing with a patient who was highly combative and violent, the evidence will show that my client was merely holding a pillow between herself and the patient to shield herself from bodily fluids,” David Nagle, the suspect’s attorney, said.
Life Care Center also released a statement that said everything was done according to procedure after the alleged assault was witnessed.
"One of our certified nursing assistants witnessed a questionable situation involving a resident and another employee. All proper procedures were implemented, the authorities were notified and the resident is safe. We remain committed to serving and caring for our residents and patients."
The nursing assistant was released on $1,300 cash bail and ordered to wear a GPS locating bracelet. She is also not allowed to work as a nursing assistant pending the outcome of the case.
The patient was checked out by a doctor who said she is fine.