Nurse Aide Charged With Striking

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a Certified Nurse Aide formerly employed at the Auburn Nursing Home has been charged with physically abusing an elderly and incompetent patient suffering from dementia.

Shanika N. Williams, 31, of Auburn appeared before Judge Michael McKeon in the Auburn City Court and was charged with one count of Willful Violation of Health Laws and one count of Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person arising from her care of a patient of the Auburn Nursing Home on May 11, 2006. The charges allege that she struck the patient on her face, producing a bruise near her mouth.

After the arraignment, Judge McKeon adjourned the case to October 4, to enable the defendant to obtain counsel.

Williams had been working at the Auburn Nursing Home for about one month until she was terminated from employment on May 16, due to her alleged conduct.

The charges against Williams are merely accusations, and she is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Attorney General Spitzer thanked the administration of the Auburn Nursing Home and its staff for their cooperation and assistance in the investigation.

Special Assistant Attorney General Norman S. Hatt, of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit’s Syracuse Regional Office, is prosecuting this case. Assisting in the investigation is Special Investigator Christopher J. Reidy.

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