LEBANON — A nursing assistant is accused of assaulting an 88-year-old woman in her care.
On Nov. 18, police began investigating the report of an assault of 88-year-old female patient at Lebanon Center, a Genesis HealthCare facility.
Police said Kareen McGregor, 50, of Lebanon, worked as a licensed nursing assistant at the facility and poured water over the patient’s head and face before putting clothing around her head and neck to stop her from breathing.
The patient was able to cooperate with the investigation and explain to police what had happened, Chief Richard Mello said.
Police charged McGregor with second-degree assault, a class B felony, and simple assault, a class A misdemeanor.
McGregor no longer works at the center, and the center said they are cooperating with police.
“Lebanon Center has a zero tolerance policy with regard to abuse,” said Jeanne Moore, vice president of public relations and communications for Genesis HealthCare. “When we receive a report of alleged abuse from any source, be it patient, family or another employee, we report the allegation to the appropriate authorities and begin an internal investigation. Lebanon Center does not hesitate to terminate any employee when we believe, after our internal investigation, that the employee engaged in inappropriate behavior towards our residents.”
McGregor was released on $7,500 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in Grafton County Superior Court for arraignment on Dec. 4.
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