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Woman Charged With Abusing Seniors

Mar 19, 2002 | WLWT

A woman who's job was to take care of seniors was charged criminally with abusing them Monday.

WLWT Eyewitness News 5's Anu Prakash reported that Jaqueline Thompson, 32, was indicted on three counts of nursing home abuse.

Thompson was a nursing assistant at Cedar Village Retirement Home in Warren County.

Thompson cared for Alzheimer's patients for a 1 1/2 years at the home, Prakash reported.

Thompson allegedly slapped a 90-year-old patient with a urine-soaked diaper, and rubbed feces on a 91-year-old patient's face, Prakash reported.

"These are just absolutely horrendous allegations," Warren County Prosecutor Tim Oliver said. "You feel no different about these folks than you would about small children, and everybody is rightly concerned about this type of activity."

The alleged abuse took place in July and August 2001, Prakash reported.

Officials said that a co-worker witnessed the abuse and reported it.

Cedar Village officials said that they took immediate action.

"We conducted an investigation and we found out the allegations had substance. She was immediately suspended pending the completion of the investigation," Cedar Village chief executive officer Reed Aaron said. "It was outrage and disappointment when we first heard about it."

Aaron said that criminal background checks are standard procedure for all potential employees. He said that Thompson had a clean record when hired.

Thompson will be arraigned March 29, Prakash reported.

Patient abuse is a fourth-degree felony, punishable by 18 months in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Thompson could not be reached for comment, Prakash reported.

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