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Nursing aide who abused elderly patient pleaded guilty


ALBANY, N.Y.—A 36-year-old Troy woman pleaded guilty on Monday for the abuse of a nursing home resident.

Sarina Francis pleaded guilty in court on Monday to one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable Elderly Person, or an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person, in the second degree, in violation of the Penal law, a felony.

Francis admitted that on August 17, 2013, she physically abused an elderly resident of Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center. While taking the resident to her room, she grabbed her by the wrist and twisted the resident's arm behind her head, resulting in a fracture to the victim's left elbow bone.

"When families make the difficult decision to place the care of their loved ones in the hands of a nursing home, there's an expectation that they will be shown compassion and respect—not physical abuse and neglect," Attorney General Schneiderman said. 

The sentencing is scheduled for March 10, 2014. Francis is expected to receive 30 days in the Albany County Jail and five years probation.

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