Nurses' aide charged with assaulting patient

 

A Bridgeport woman was arrested Monday, charged with injuring a patient in her care when she was working as a certified nurse aide at Ludlowe Health Care.

Tina J. Blake, 21, of Park Avenue, was charged Monday, Oct. 15, with cruelty to a person, third-degree assault on a person 60 or older, and reckless endangerment. Bond was $25,000 for court Oct. 24.

Sgt. Suzanne Lussier said Ludlowe suspended Blake when police began their months-long investigation, and terminated her upon learning criminal charges would be filed. A search of licenses at the state Department of Public Health website shows no records under Blake’s name.

Police said the investigation remains open.

In April, the son of a man being treated at the Jefferson Street facility contacted police when he found his father had suffered visible injuries.

The son was told by staff members that his father had bumped his head. The son described “absolutely horrible” visible injuries, according to police. The victim’s face was swollen to the point of distortion, he had bruises from the eyebrows to the neck, and his left ring finger was disfigured.

The victim’s son told police he continued to ask what happened, and continued to be told his father “bumped his head” on the bed rail.

When a doctor checked on the man four days after he suffered the injuries, the doctor ordered that he be sent to a hospital. The family then learned learned that the patient had fractured at least one, possibly two bones in his face, and his finger.

Police determined that Blake was the one who provided care to the man, and interviewed her several times.

The first time she spoke to investigators she reportedly stuck to the story that the man had bumped his head.

During the second interview, police said, Blake told them how the injuries occurred.

According to police, Blake said the man needed to be cleaned late in her shift. When he would not open his hand, she pried it open, injuring his finger.

The man was then rolled onto his side. She reportedly told investigators she “violently forced” the man back into the bed, and he struck his head.

Blake allegedly told investigators that she knew her story would be believed because the victim suffers from dementia.

Updates to this story will be posted.

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