Nursing home caregiver arrested

Nursing home caregiver arrested

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany nursing home employee was arrested for battery against a patient Wednesday.

Chinyere Daniel, 59, was charged with battery against a patient in a nursing home yesterday.

Albany Police were called to Pruit Health on Palmyra Road by the facilities officials.

About 7 that night Francis Harper reported Daniel, a Certified Nursing Assistant, punched her several times in the head, and then threatened to kill her.

Harper's roommate witnessed the assault.

The victim said she asked Daniel for another assistant to care for her.

"When a resident tells a staff member no, no means no.  They can refuse their medication. They can refuse to be changed. They can refuse anything.  And no staff member should ever forcibly try to make a resident do something," said Elaine Wilson, Certified State Ombudsman.

Police said Harper showed bruising and swelling on the temple area of her head.

The ombudsman said Pruit Health officials did exactly what they should do in a report like this, they immediately called police and reported to the state.

Wilson said the Albany Police also did a full investigation, showing due concern for the report

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