A former nursing assistant today faces charges of abusing and hitting 24 elderly residents under her care at an Annapolis nursing home.
Annapolis police alleged that the assistant roughed up residents of the Annapolis Convalescent Center, including shoving some into wheelchairs and onto beds, between May and August 1990. Most of the victims are in their 80s and 90s.
The assistant, Michele OleeGraves, 20, of Annapolis, was scheduled for a bond review hearing before an Annapolis District Court judge today. Graves, who was being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center on $150,000 bail, is charged with four counts of abuse and 20 counts of battery, said Officer Dermott L. Hickey, Annapolis police spokesman.
The nursing home reported the abuse to police and fired Graves, who worked there for more than a year, nursing director Charlotte Stouder said. "We cleaned up our own house," Stouder said.
Last month, a 91-year-old woman was kicked on the right shin because the woman placed her dinner tray on a bed, according to the charging document.
An 85-year-old woman told her daughter she was thrown into her wheelchair, onto her bed or onto the toilet because an employee "was mad that she had to take care of her," the charging document said.
Also, an 84-year-old woman was shoved into a wall last month while sitting in her wheelchair, three witnesses told police. In July, two witnesses allegedly saw an assistant hit the woman in the right eye after arguing with her about eating her food.
Each abuse charge carries a maximum penalty of a $5,000 fine and up to five years in prison. Each charge of battery carries penalties of up to 20 years in prison.