Nurse Aide Allegedly Punched Nursing Home Resident

Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced the arraignment of Sonya King, 42, a Certified Nurse Aide, for allegedly punching an 87-year-old male resident on the right side of the face. It is charged that the physical altercation resulted in fractures of the right orbit of the right eye, non-displaced fractures of the right and left nasal bones, and a non-displaced fracture below the eye. King later allegedly omitted the fact that she was responsible for his injuries in facility reports. The incident took place on January 23, 2016, at Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Utica.

“Families deserve to know their loved ones are treated with the utmost care by medical professionals responsible for their safety and security,” said Attorney General Schneiderman. “We will not tolerate the mistreatment of some of our most vulnerable citizens. My office will continue to prosecute those that physically harm elderly and vulnerable New Yorkers.”

King was arraigned in Utica City Court, Oneida County, on charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable Elderly Person or an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the Second Degree, Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree and Wilful Violation of Health Laws. The defendant entered a not guilty plea.

King resides in Utica, New York. She worked at Focus for one and one-half years. 

The endangering charge and the falsification charge are punishable by up to four years in prison.

The charges against King are accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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