Nurse's Aide At Long Island Nursing Home Arrested For Abusing Wheelchair-bound Patient

Attorney General Spitzer today announced the arrest of a certified nurse's aide for physically abusing an 81-year-old wheelchair-bound male patient at a Long Beach nursing home last year.

Chimese Sancho, 23, of 1108 Grassmere Terrace in Far Rockaway, was arraigned late yesterday afternoon in Nassau County Court before Judge Donald DeRiggi. She was charged in a two-count indictment with the crimes of Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable Elderly Person in the First Degree and Wilful Violation of the Public Health Law. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in prison.

Sancho, while employed as a nurse's aide at the Park Avenue Extended Care Center on August 30, 2000, repeatedly kicked the patient in the leg. The incident occurred while the patient, who suffers from a variety of maladies, including diabetes and poor circulation, was sitting in his wheelchair. Sancho was aware that the patient had compromised healing abilities, and that any bruise or injury could be detrimental to his health.

"This kind of criminal behavior against our elderly and most vulnerable residents will not be tolerated," said Spitzer. "We are committed to vigorously prosecuting those who abuse the patients in their care."

Spitzer thanked the State Health Department for referring the matter to his office. He also thanked the staff and administration of the facility for their assistance and cooperation during the investigation.

Park Avenue Extended Care Center is located at 425 National Boulevard in Long Beach. Sancho worked at the facility from April 2000 until her termination on the day of the incident.

Special Assistant Attorney General Lara Goroway, of the Long Island Regional Office of the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, is prosecuting the case. All cases are handled under the direct supervision of Deputy Attorney General Jos? Maldonado.

The charges against Sancho are accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.