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“Accused of hitting the resident in the head with her fist during the struggle”

Two former nursing assistants charged with elderly abuse

Monica Danielle Adams, 33, and Marilyn Annese Marshall, 48, are both charged with Violation of the Adult Protective Services Act. Their arrests on July 7 follow the arrest of co-defendant Anita Watford in 2015. Watford, 49, is accused of hitting the resident in the head with her fist during the struggle, said Alabama Attorney General’s Office communications director Mike Lewis.
Published: Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 4:25 p.m.

Two former nursing home workers facing felony charges of elder abuse are accused of holding a 93-year-old patient down while another nurse’s aide punched her.

Authorities said that the women were trying to force the Glen Haven Health and Rehabilitation resident to take her medication.

Monica Danielle Adams, 33, and Marilyn Annese Marshall, 48, are both charged with Violation of the Adult Protective Services Act. Their arrests on July 7 follow the arrest of co-defendant Anita Watford in 2015. Watford, 49, is accused of hitting the resident in the head with her fist during the struggle, said Alabama Attorney General’s Office communications director Mike Lewis.

All three women were employed as nursing assistants at Glen Haven in Northport. They no longer work at the facility, administrator Adam Madison said Thursday.

A Tuscaloosa County grand jury indicted Watford in 2014. Another grand jury that met in September issued indictments to charge Adams and Marshall.

Watford has pleaded not guilty. She told nursing home administrators that the woman forced her hand to hit her head, the AG’s office said last year, but witnesses contradicted that account.

Adams and Marshall were released from jail on $10,000 bonds.

The Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit investigated the case.

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