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Albany nursing aide allegedly struck resident with urine-soaked briefs

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ALBANY, N.Y. – A certified nurse's aide at an Albany center has been arrested and faces charges of endangerment and violation of health laws.

Sarina Francis, 36, was arrested and charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable Elderly Person, or an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the Second Degree; one count of Willful Violation of Health Laws; one count of Willful Violation of Health Laws; and one count of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the Second Degree.

Francis was employed as a Certified Nurse's Aide at the Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center located at 325 Northern Boulevard in the City of Albany when the alleged abuse occurred on August 17th, 2013.

While a resident was being taken to her room, she became combative and struck Francis in the face.  In response, Francis grabbed the resident by the wrist and twisted the resident's arm behind her head resulting in the victim suffering a fracture to her left wrist.  She is also accused of striking the resident in the face with the residents own hand and slapping the resident in the face with a urine-soaked brief. 

The allegations of abuse were investigated by Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit's Albany Regional Office resulting in charges being filed in Albany City Court. 

Francis was arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the charges.  She was released on her own recognizance.

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