Saturday, August 08, 2009

NY man serves jail time in nursing home abuse case

A former certified nurse assistant at a Tupper Lake nursing home has been sentenced to time served after pleading guilty to abusing an elderly patient.
John Ette, 42, of Tupper Lake, was arrested in May for physically abusing an 88-year-old resident of Adirondack Medical Center's Mercy nursing home on Oct. 20, 2008.
The state Attorney General's Office said Ette admitted to investigators that he struck the bedridden woman in the face, grabbed her arm and pushed her into her wheelchair. She suffered severe facial bruising and a broken collarbone.
Nursing home staff noticed the woman's injuries the next morning and notified AMC officials, who reported the incident to the state Department of Health. The matter was then referred to the Attorney General's Office for investigation.
Ette was initially charged with endangering the welfare of a vulnerable elderly person in the second degree, a felony; endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, a misdemeanor; and willful violation of health laws, a misdemeanor. He could have faced up to four years behind bars if convicted on all counts.
You will note from an earlier post that a Massachusetts CNA was undicted for criminal charges charging her with abuse of nursing home residents.

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