A.G. Schneiderman Announces Arraignment Of Nurse Caught On Video Punching Disabled Resident In Bronx Nursing Home
Lennox Seymour Arraigned On Felony Charges After Surveillance Camera Captures Dining Room “Milk Carton” Attack At Facility
Schneiderman: Our Most Vulnerable Citizens Must Not Be Abused, Particularly Not By Those Entrusted With Their Care
BRONX - Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman today announced the felony indictment and arraignment of Lennox Seymour, a former Licensed Practical Nurse at a Bronx nursing home, for allegedly punching a 55-year-old disabled resident in the neck and knocking him to the ground in the facility dining room. Seymour, who is also charged with falsely reporting that the resident attacked him after he took a carton of milk away from the man, was fired because a surveillance camera inside the Split Rock Rehabilitation and Health Care Center showed him assaulting the patient. If convicted of the top charge of Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable Elderly Person, Seymour, 46, faces up to four years in prison.
“The defendant, a licensed caregiver, was entrusted with the protection and well-being of a disabled nursing home resident. He violated that trust by attacking his own patient,” Attorney General Schneiderman said. “My office will punish those who commit crimes against our most vulnerable neighbors.”
A camera located inside the 3525 Baychester Avenue facility captured the confrontation between Seymour, of Nanuet, N.Y, and the resident, which took place about 11 p.m. February 12, 2012. The tape shows the nurse following the disabled man into the dining room, pushing him against a wall and punching him in the neck. It shows a struggle, the two men falling to the floor and then Seymour getting up and walking away, leaving the injured resident behind. The victim suffered injuries to his neck and buttocks.
Seymour is also charged with falsifying a report to the facility that is contradicted by the tape. In his report, Seymour states that the resident punched and kicked him after Seymour took away his carton of milk. Seymour was terminated by Split Rock after the tape was reviewed.
Seymour faces felony charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable, Elderly Person and an Incompetent and Physically Disabled Person in the Second Degree; Falsifying Business Records in the First Degree; and misdemeanor charges of Falsifying Business Records in the Second Degree; Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent and Physically Disabled Person and Willful Violation of Health Laws. He faces a maximum sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years.
The charges against the defendants are accusations and a defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
The investigation was conducted by Senior Special Investigator Mitchell Scher and Special Investigator Edward Keegan.
The case is being prosecuted by Betty Rodriguez, Special Assistant Attorney General of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, under the supervision of Cassandra Bethel, Chief of the Patient Protection Unit, MFCU Special Deputy Attorney General Monica Hickey-Martin and Executive Deputy Attorney General Kelly Donovan.