As nursing home lawyers, we want to help those that have experienced the pain of nursing home abuse and neglect. We wanted to provide an update on an Alabama nursing home victory and loss in a criminal setting.
Authorities say a former nursing home worker has been convicted and sentenced for hitting a resident. Attorney General Luther Strange said in an emailed statement Monday that 31-year-old Elsie M. Sawyer pleaded guilty to abuse of a protected person in Mobile County Circuit Court. Officials say Sawyer worked as a certified nursing assistant at Crowne Health Care. She was indicted in December 2014 for hitting a resident and injuring the woman’s face. This is a victory.
Unfortunately, there was also a loss. Strange says Sawyer’s three-year prison sentence has been suspended — meaning she will serve that time on probation. She must also complete an anger management course. One silver lining: Strange says Sawyer is also banned from working in a care facility that receives Medicaid or public health funding.