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Augusta Nurse Arrested for Assaulting Alzheimer Patient

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A nurse at an Augusta nursing home was arrested Wednesday for assaulting a 67-year-old resident with Alzheimer’s, authorities said.

Lashanda Johnson, 32, is accused of pushing the victim back into her bed inside her room at “The Place at Deans Bridge,” causing her to head to hit the bed and leaving a bump, according to a sheriff’s report.

A video shows Johnson waking the resident up about 5 a.m. Monday so she could change the bed sheets. When the woman started fighting with the nurse, the suspect “pushed her back into the bed,” the report says.

“The suspect then told the victim that she would knock her ugly a** out if she hit her again,” the report says.

The victim is an Alzheimer patient at the Dean’s Bridge Road nursing home and doesn’t know anything that occurred. But a bump on the patient’s head was spotted by someone else and reported to the sheriff’s office.

Johnson was arrested Wednesday and charged with simple battery and failure to protect a disabled adult or elder person.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Well first of all I’m a CNA and I work with Alzheimer’s patients an I love them like they are my own family! So it’s not all CNA’s! I have seen first hand RN’s treat patients like crap! I do believe there is a place in HELL for people that mistreat elderly people! I’ve worked for an Alzheimer’s day center for 5 years and we love our clients! Don’t say just CNAs!

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