had a story about a nurse’s aide, Marie Michel, accused of punching and threatening an 83-year-old nursing home resident who has Alzheimer’s disease.  She was arraigned in Malden District Court this week on assault and battery charges. The state attorney general’s office said that the nursing home employee punched the woman twice in the chest and stomach about 4 a.m. on Sept. 17, 2008, pushed her down onto her bed, and ordered her not to get up again.  The elderly woman had gotten out of bed at the Epoch Senior Healthcare center in Melrose and was apparently wandering around her room when Michel allegedly entered and starting hitting her.

Investigators say that the victim’s roommate witnessed the attack and that an investigation was launched last October.  Michel was charged with assault and battery on an elderly person and threatening to commit a crime. Through her attorney, she entered a not-guilty plea on Thursday and was released on personal recognizance. She was ordered not to have contact with victim or witness and not to work in patient care.


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