The nursing home abuse lawyers at Messa & Associates recently reported on Sammie Berry, an 88-year-old wheelchair bound woman with Alzheimer’s, who was injured in an incident at the Kaufman Healthcare Center nursing home where she suffered a huge gash on her forehead and severe bruising to her face. The facility misled the family regarding the severity of the injuries and the elderly woman remained in a coma at a local hospital. Investigators have since arrested James Seaton, a certified nurse at the nursing home, on charges of felony aggravated assault-injury to an elderly person.
Man Arrested for Assaulting Elderly Woman
According to investigators, when arrested Seaton lied about the accident and tried to blame someone else for Berry’s injuries. He now denies the accusation, “I wasn’t trying to blame them. I was hurt, and too afraid to come forward,” he said. His side of the story is now that he was trying to get the elderly woman dressed while she was in bed, “I was turning her and my back kind of went out and I lost control of her, that’s when she bumped her head on the oxygen tank, which was close to the bed.” He then claimed that he told a nurse of the incident and she told him that she would call 911, but the victim’s family said the hospice nurse called 911 over an hour later.
“I think it’s pretty sad,” said relative Louise Berry. “I truly hope that he’s ashamed of himself.” When asked if he had anything to say to Berry’s family he said “Tell them it was an accident. I’m very sorry because I wouldn’t have intentionally done anything to happen to them. I pray Mrs. Berry will be better.”
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