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Friday, January 9, 2015

Illinois Nursing Assistants plead guilty to battering elderly woman with dementia

ST. CHARLES, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -- Two northwest Illinois suburban women pleaded guilty Friday to battering an elderly woman while working as nursing assistants at a St. Charles care home.

Jacqueline Santos, Chemyra Barnett | photos from Kane County state's attorney's office
Chemyra A. Barnett and Jacqueline T. Santos, both 19, worked as nursing assistants on March 11, 2014, at the Rosewood Care Center in the 800 block of Dunham Road, according to a statement from the Kane County state's attorney's office.
They were assigned to help a 97-year-old woman suffering from Dementia get back into her bed using a medical device to lift her, according to the statement.
Instead, Barnett used a nylon strap from the device to repeatedly slap the woman in the face while Santos used a cell phone to record the attack and posted the video online, prosecutors said. The video showed the victim crying out, “Don't! Don't!” while Barnett and Santos laughed.
The woman was not physically injured in the attack, according the state's attorney's office.
Barnett, of the 300 block of Watch Court in Elgin, Illinois and Santos, of the 1300 block of Timber Lane in South Elgin, Illinois each pleaded guilty Friday to one count of misdemeanor battery, prosecutors said. They each agreed to a sentence of two years' probation and 100 hours of community service.
They were also ordered to pay $500 each to Kane County Senior Services and undergo anger management evaluations, prosecutors said.

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