Metro Detroit nursing home employees charged after disabled woman suffered fractured bones

Posted: 1:47 PM, May 07, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-07 13:47:43-04

LANSING, Mich. (WXYZ) — Two employees at a metro Detroit nursing home have been charged for after an incident that injured a patient at the nursing home.

According to Attorney General Dana Nessel, the incident happened at the Martha T. Berry Medical Care Facility in Mt. Clemens.

Latrice Smith, 24, and Arnold Hudson, 22, both of Eastpointe, have been charged with one count of fourth degree vulnerable adult abuse.

According to the AG's office, the female resident has severe osteoporosis and "is substantially disabled and medically fragile." The woman is also dependent on caregivers to move within the facility and her plan of care calls for the use of assistive medical devices to transfer her from bed to wheelchair.

According to Nessel, Smith and Hudson ignored her plan and failed to use the assistive devices when transferring her.

After the transfer, the AG said the woman complained of pain and was diagnosed with multiple fractures.

“Nursing home residents deserve to live with dignity and security and must be kept safe,” Nessel said. “Caregivers are supposed to do just that – give care – and those who approach their duties with less than that commitment will be held responsible.”

Both were arraigned in court last week and given a $5,000 bond.