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January 15, 2011

Woman Accused of Abusing Patients at Nursing Home (USA)


By CASSIE FOSS

January 13, 2011

A woman who was a caretaker at a Hilton Head Island nursing home was charged Thursday with three counts of elder abuse after a co-worker saw the employee verbally and physically assault a 93-year-old female patient, giving her a bloody nose, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release and incident report.

Sonia King, a Carolina House employee who was fired Monday, turned herself in at the Sheriff's Office Hilton Head substation at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
King, 41, of Estill, is charged with three counts of abuse of a vulnerable adult in connection with an ongoing investigation into possible patient mistreatment by King at Carolina House at 35 Beach City Road, according to the release.

The Sheriff's Office is continuing to investigate whether King assaulted other patients during her employment. It was unclear Thursday how long she had worked there.
The investigation began Dec. 31 after Carolina House executive director Rhoneda Maury told deputies another employee saw King physically and verbally assault at least three female patients during her rounds that morning, according to the release.
The reporting employee recorded the incidents on an audio device she had been carrying with her, the release said.



Abridged
SOURCE:    Island Packet.Com


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