Monday, August 31, 2009

Nursing home aide accused of muffling patient

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — An aide at a Grand Junction nursing home has been arrested on charges of using a pillow to silence a screaming patient.

Twenty-three-year-old Errin Hubbard of Grand Junction was arrested Saturday on suspicion of third-degree assault of an at-risk victim and neglect of an at-risk victim.

Hubbard had an unlisted phone number and couldn't be reached for comment.

A heavily redacted affidavit released by police alleges another nurse's aide saw Hubbard put a pillow over the face of a patient at Larchwood Inns nursing home.

The affidavit says the patient, a woman diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, cannot walk on her own.