Nursing Home Workers Charged with Felony Neglect and Abuse of Patient
In Far Rockaway, Queens, three care workers were charged with neglecting and abusing an injured patient at the Peninsula Nursing Facility. The abuse was caught on a surveillance camera.
Trial Begins for Nursing Home Workers
According to reports, the three workers were put on trial Wednesday in Queens Criminal Court with not guilty pleas. Prosecutors expressed to the court that the three workers were expected to take care of the elderly patient, but just the opposite occurred.
The abuse and neglect was caught on a surveillance camera which will be presented as evidence.
Unsettling Surveillance Footage Released
Hallway footage recorded on October 23, 2014 displays a man lying on the ground soaked in blood. The man fell in front of nurse Esohe Agbonkpolor. The nurse ignored the injured man and left him on the floor for 12 minutes until another care worker Emmanual Uoft dragged the man down the hallway back to his room.
The surveillance camera shows the man crawling on the floor still soaked in blood with a new wound to his head and jaw. The third care worker Funmiola Taiwo ignored the man as well and Emannual Uoft dragged the injured man a second time down the hallway.
The three workers attempted to hide from the surveillance cameras and had no comments in the courtroom. Victor Knapp, the attorney for Emmanual Uoft, denied the twenty minutes in which this man suffered neglect and abuse and that the worker did indeed call 911.
The three workers were charged with felonies of injuring helpless and disabled persons, which can add up to four years in prison time.