Syracuse police arrested a certified nurse aide Nov. 25 after conducting a lengthy investigation into allegations that Cania Williams slapped a 90-year-old resident in the face with a wet cloth, injuring and bruising the elderly woman. The incident occurred on Oct. 19 at Bishop Rehabilitation & Nursing Center.

Williams was charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person in the second degree, a class A misdemeanor, and harassment in the second degree, a violation. The injuries were not severe enough to charge Williams with assault.

If convicted of the misdemeanor charge, Williams could be sentenced to up to a year in prison, three years of probation and a substantial fine.

Two other employees who may have known of the incident were suspended when Bishop began its investigation and have since returned to work, according to Newman.

In the wake of the incident Newman said the nursing home has re-educated employees on abuse reporting, identifying abuse, resident rights and handling residents with dementia.

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