Nursing Assistant Charged With Assault On Patient At Wilkesboro Facility

11:50 AM, Jan 10, 2012   |    comments
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Wilkesboro, NC-- A Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) is in trouble for allegedly assaulting a man at a nursing home in Wilkesboro.

Police said they received a call, Friday night, from Tim Johnson who reported that his grandfather was assaulted at his care facility.  Johnson said his grandfather, Gurney Walsh, lives at Avante Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.

After calling to check on his grandfather, Johnson said his grandfather's roommate told him that at lunch time Walsh had gotten into a physical altercation with a nursing assistant. He said the altercation left visible bruises on his grandfather.

Wilkesboro police went to the nursing home and interviewed Walsh about the allegations. Walsh told them that Jeff Sciarabba, a CNA, had tied his hand up in his shirt, pulled the back of the shirt up over his head and smacked him in the head and facial area with a glove. Walsh told police he was afraid of Sciarabba and didn't want him back in his room. Walsh said he told Sciarabba to stop because he was hurting him.

Officers investigating the incident also reported seeing bruises on Walsh's hands.

The two night nursing assistants for Walsh said they were told about the altercation and also noticed the bruises. One of them said she saw Walsh trying to push Sciarabba back, when she walked in the room. She said she saw the bruises and made a report of what she saw to the on duty Registered Nurse.

Officers charged Jeff Sciarabba with simple assault. He has been placed on leave from the facility pending the outcome of the investigation, according to the police report.

Wilkesboro Police

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