The Daily News reported that nursing home employee Cherrylee Young has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of a 77-year-old patient. Young allegedly beat Frank Mercado on Dec. 8, forcing him to fall onto a table that broke. A piece of the table pierced Mercado’s rectum, killing him.
She had told cops that Mercado — who was visually impaired — had struck at her first, and she responded in self-defense, a police source said. The incident occurred at the University Nursing Home at 2505 Grand Ave. in the Bronx. Employees told police they saw Young holding him against a wall in his room around 11 a.m. Dec. 8.
During the struggle, the elderly man fell onto a table and a piece of it fatally cut him. A piece of the table appeared lodged in the victim’s diaper. The staff delayed in getting him emergency care. Mercado’s condition deteriorated over several hours and staff finally transported him to Montefiore Medical Center, where he died, officials said. Doctors determined that a piece of the table pierced his rectum and caused internal bleeding, cops said. The medical examiner said Mercado bled to death and has ruled the incident a homicide.