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Nurse arrested for sexual abuse of nursing home patient who gave birth

Phoenix police arrested a licensed nurse on preliminary charges of sexual abuse and abuse of a vulnerable adult following an investigation into the unexpected birth of a baby last month to a woman in a persistent vegetative state. The woman is a patient of Hacienda HealthCare, the nursing home where the man, Nathan Sutherland, worked as her caregiver. He was compelled by court order to provide a DNA sample. Crime lab technicians determined his DNA matched the baby’s. The nursing home issued a statement that it was “troubled beyond words to think that a … nurse could be capable of ... Read More

Sex abuse investigation launched after nursing home patient gives birth

A young patient in a Phoenix, Arizona nursing home who has been in a persistent vegetative state for at least a decade gave birth to a baby on Dec. 29, launching an investigation by the Phoenix Police Department into possible sexual abuse. The woman had been a patient at Hacienda Healthcare since a near-drowning incident left her in a vegetative state several years ago. She needed around-the-clock care and was unable to communicate. Many people had access to her room throughout the day and night. Investigators from several agencies are keeping mum about the details, but according to staff accounts ... Read More

USC to pay $240 million to students treated by school gynecologist

There was something about Cate Guggino’s annual exam with University of Southern California (USC) gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall that didn’t feel right. The sharp pain when he inserted his fingers in her at the beginning of the exam didn’t seem normal. “Did that hurt?” he asked before repeating the move again. “Then he said, ‘I thought you told me you weren’t a virgin.’ I replied that I was not. ‘Well,’ he told me, ‘your hymen is still intact.’” The memory of the awkwardness and the physical pain still haunt Guggino 16 years later. As a woman’s health nurse practitioner, she ... Read More

Judge to decide if nursing aide abuse case goes to trial

Nineteen-year-old Brianna Broitzman told a judge this week she is not responsible for physically and sexually abusing cognitively impaired residents at the Good Samaritan nursing home in the Albert Lea, Minn., nursing home where she worked as a nursing aide. Broitzman is one of four teenagers charged with abusing 15 residents at the home. She and former coworker Ashton Larson, who was 18 at the time of the incident, are the only two being charged as adults. According to police reports, the nursing home workers held down residents, put their fingers in residents’ mouths and noses to quiet their screams ... Read More

Nursing home did not stop resident’s sexual abuse

Nursing home officials did nothing to stop a male resident at a La Salle County, Illinois nursing home from sexually abusing 10 female patients and sexually soliciting several others, according to allegations in a report from the Illinois Department of Public Health. Based on interviews with patients and nursing home employees, the report states that the male resident touched female residents’ breasts, tried to kiss them and cussed loudly in the common areas. One aide said the alleged abuser would target women with cognitive disorders. According to the report, the alleged abuse began in December and continued until early June, ... Read More

Families of nursing home abuse victims speak out using social media

It was almost unbelievable, the reports of patients being physically and sexually abused by nursing home aides at Good Samaritan Society of Albert Lea in Minnesota. The aides said they didn’t mean any harm when they held down patients, shoved their fingers and hands in their mouths and noses to quiet their cries and screams, rubbed and hit their breasts and genitals, and sexually “humped” them. They simply called it, “work fun, or to get a good laugh.” But no one was laughing when the reports went public and lit up news media across the country. Two aides now face ... Read More

Advocate wants federal nursing home database to include abuse cases

Nursing home advocate Wes Bledsoe wants the federal government to change the way it rates nursing homes on its Web site Medicare. gov, to accurately reflect the quality of care at nursing homes, according to the Albert Lea Tribune. Bledsoe, founder of the watchdog group A Perfect Cause, returned to Albert Lea, Minnesota, to rally support for his efforts. Bledsoe has been to Albert Lea numerous times in response to news reports about the “abuse-for-thrills” case at Good Samaritan Society nursing home where two nursing aides have been charged with a linty of crimes including disorderly conduct, assault and criminal ... Read More

Schizophrenic man to stand trial in nursing home sexual abuse case

The man accused of sexually abusing a woman with mental disabilities has been ruled competent to stand trial, according to the Louisville, Kentucky Courier-Journal. Preston Shaw, 65, and the victim were both residents of Hillcrest Centre for Health and Rehabilitation in Jeffersonville. Shaw, who suffers from schizophrenia and major depression, had previously expressed to nursing home workers his desire to be close to the victim. The victim has cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or talk. According to police reports, a Hillcrest employee found Shaw sitting on the woman’s bed last month with blood on his face and hands. ... Read More

Eldercare advocate rallies family members to fight for better care

Eldercare advocate Wes Bledsoe stood among nearly 100 residents from Hot Springs, South Dakota last week, and rallied them to take action and change federal and state guidelines that impede speedy reporting of incidents that harm vulnerable elderly in the state’s nursing homes. The meeting was his second since early last month, when he held a town hall meeting with an audience of more than 200 focusing on recent allegations of sexual abuse of residents at Castle Manor by a nursing home aide at the home. According to family members, it took days for the nursing home to file the ... Read More

Iowa nursing home fined for indifference to sexual abuse claims

An Iowa nursing home has been ordered to pay $7,000 in federal fines for not investigating complaints from staff and residents about sexual abuse from a male nursing aide. Eight separate incidents of abuse against different residents had been made to managers and supervisors at New Homestead Care Center involving staffer Juan Bautista-Meraz, according to the Des Moines Register. The most shocking complaint involves a mentally disabled female resident. One worker says she had to force her way into that resident’s room because the door had been secured with a chair. When she entered, the worker says she saw Bautista-Meraz ... Read More