Three certified nurse aides were indicted this month over claims they abused patients at residential care facilities across New Jersey, authorities said in an NJ.com report.
The charges were announced June 15 in recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by state authorities, who have been cracking down on abuse of patients receiving home care or treatment at residential facilities in recent months.
Cairy Chrisphonte, 54, is accused of hitting an an 87-year-old dementia patient in the head and arm in front of coworkers. She faces charges of fourth-degree assault upon an institutionalized elderly person.
Danny Brown, 55, was allegedly witnessed by coworkers punching a 53-year-old man in a wheelchair and threatening to break his neck. Brown was indicted on third-degree charges of making terroristic threats and endangering another person.
Debra L. Matela, 44, was allegedly caught on a surveillance camera kicking a wheelchair out from under a 73-year-old woman. She was charged with third-degree aggravated assault.
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