Sarina Francis was a certified nurse’s aide at the Hudson Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Albany when the abuse occurred, the Saratogian newspaper reports. On Monday, before Judge Peter Lynch in Albany County Court, she entered a guilty plea to a Class E felony, Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable Elderly Person or an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the Second Degree.
Francis admitted to the physical abuse of an elderly resident in her care at Hudson Park on August 17, 2013. While taking the resident to her room, Francis grabbed the woman’s wrist and twisted her arm behind her head, which resulted in a fracture of the woman’s arm. Francis is scheduled to be sentenced on March 10. The Saratogian reports that the sentence is expected to be 30 days in the Albany County Jail and five years of probation.
In commenting on the plea, Schneiderman said, “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,” according to the Saratogian. “Those who exhibit a blatant disregard for these responsibilities will be held accountable under the law,” he added.