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Long Island nursing aide accused of slapping elderly dementia patient

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A Queens woman who worked as a nursing aide at a Manhasset rehab facility was arrested Wednesday on felony charges for allegedly slapping an elderly patient across the face and then filing a false written report about the incident, the state attorney general’s office said.

Rose Marie Hall, 53, of Jamaica, has been charged with first-degree endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled person and two counts of first-degree falsifying business records. She pleaded not guilty Wednesday at an arraignment at First District Court in Hempstead and was released on $300 bail. If convicted, Hall could face up to four years in prison.

Prosecutors say the incident occurred in January 2013 while Hall was working as a nurse’s aide at the Stern Family Center for Rehabilitation in Manhasset. According to a criminal complaint, a registered nurse at the facility saw Hall slap a 78-year-old patient. Authorities said the elderly woman – who suffers from dementia and diabetes – is a stroke patient who sometimes has behavioral outbursts. Another nursing aide at the facility told investigators that Hall had told her the patient slapped her and that “she slapped the resident back.” The patient, who prosecutors said was slapped across the face, was left crying and had red marks on her face.

Officials said Hall filed an incident report with the facility, but “omitted that she slapped [the patient] in the face.” During an internal investigation into the incident, Hall allegedly told a nursing supervisor that the elderly woman had slapped her, but that she never slapped her back. When she was questioned by a special investigator from the attorney general’s office, Hall denied both being hit by the woman and striking the patient, court papers say.

A spokesman for the North Shore-LIJ Health System, which operates the rehab center, said Hall was fired the day after the incident. He said North Shore-LIJ officials reported the case to the state health department, which turned the information over to the attorney general’s office. Hall, who is due back in court next week, could not be reached for comment.

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