A nurse’s aide has pleaded no contest to charges stemming from slapping a 93-year-old woman at a care home.
Courtney Young, 36, a licensed certified nurse’s aide from Honolulu employed at Beckwith Hillside Care Home, pleaded no contest today to endangering the welfare of an incompetent person, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
“Young’s victim was a 93-year old woman who lived in the care home, which is owned by Young’s mother,” the AG’s Office said in a press release.
The slap was witnessed by another nurse’s aide, according to the AG’s Office. “The other nurse’s aide immediately went over to assist the victim, who suffers from dementia and is wheelchair bound,” the press release said.
“This case involved the abuse of someone who was incredibly vulnerable,” said Attorney General Doug Chin. “This type of egregious behavior will be prosecuted swiftly by my office’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit.”
The misdemeanor offense is punishable by up to one year in prison.
“Over objection by the state, Young was granted a deferral by Honolulu district court Judge Naunanikinau Kamalii and ordered to pay the maximum $2,000 fine. The deputy Attorney General prosecuting the case asked the court to ban Young from patient care for a year. The court’s sentence included a thirty-day ban,” the release said.