Syracuse.com reported that Noelle Otto, a nursing home worker at Crown Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, was arrested by state authorities for physically abusing a female resident. Otto is accused of covering the patient’s mouth, slapping her arms and legs, and slamming her arms against the bedside table. Otto then allegedly made a false statement to the facility about the incident. Otto is a certified nurse aide and charges include falsifying business records, endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person, and willful violation of health laws, state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced.
“Nursing home residents are among New York’s most vulnerable citizens, and they deserve to be treated with the utmost respect and compassion by those responsible for their care. For a patient to be abused by someone whose job it is to ensure their well-being is disgraceful,” Schneiderman said.
Otto pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on her own recognizance. Judge Elizabeth Burns scheduled a pretrial hearing for March 2, 2016.