A.G. Schneiderman Announces Arrest Of Nurse’s Aide Caught On Camera Abusing Alzheimer’s Patient

Nurse's Aide Physically Struck Patient, Pushed Her Into Bed

Schneiderman: My Office Has Zero Tolerance For Nursing Home Aides Who Harm Their Patients

NEW YORK ‑ Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced today the arrest of a certified nurse's aide (CNA) for endangering the welfare of an elderly patient suffering from Alzheimer’s disease at Gold Crest Care Center in the Bronx. The defendant, Sandra Kerr, age 55, of the Bronx, has been charged with three counts of Willful Violation of the Public Health Law and three counts of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person after the victim’s granddaughter caught her abusing the patient on camera. If convicted, she could face one year in jail.

“My office has zero tolerance for nursing home aides who abuse, neglect or harm the people in their care,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “Medical professionals have a responsibility to properly care for their patients and must be held accountable when they fail to protect our most vulnerable citizens.”

Kerr was employed as a CNA at Gold Crest Care Center, located at 2316 Bruner Avenue, Bronx, New York. After the resident’s granddaughter became concerned about her grandmother’s care, she placed a hidden video camera in her grandmother’s room. On September 12, 2012, the camera caught the defendant snapping the resident’s arm back, pushing her into the metal railing of her bed and pushing the padding from the resident’s bed down onto her body. On September 14, 2012, the camera also caught the CNA striking the resident twice on her side.

The investigation was conducted by Special Investigator Danielle Reynolds. The prosecution is being handled by Special Assistant Attorney General Jeanine M. Girgenti and Cassandra Bethel, Chief of the Patient Protection Unit of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit under the supervision of Special Deputy Attorney General Monica Hickey-Martin and Executive Deputy Attorney General for Criminal Justice Kelly Donovan.

The charges against Kerr are accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. 

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