Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Woman gets 1 year for nursing home abuse

CHILLICOTHE - A Laurelville woman who assaulted her nursing home patient in March will spend a year in prison.

Ross County Common Pleas Judge Scott Nusbaum told Kali Jo Craiglow, 20, if it had been his mother, he would want to "jump over this bench," eliciting sounds of approval from nearly two dozen people in the courtroom.

"You're going to be placed with inmates that are a lot tougher than an 85-year-old. You may be marked ... Don't allow the stress you're under to take drugs or join gangs," Nusbaum told Craiglow. "You've committed a horrendous offense, but your life is not over."

Stacy Williamson can't say the same for her bedridden mother, Leona Alexander, who she says is constantly scared of being attacked again.

"After the beating that Kali Craiglow gave our mother, we had to have someone sit with her all night for several months, and she would call us at all hours of the night because of how scared she was that someone would beat her again ... The time she has left is miserable thanks to you," Williamson said through tears during her victim impact statement in court.

Alexander had been at Westmoreland Place since 2010 after a stroke mostly paralyzed her, leading her to need round-the-clock care. She can use one hand, but it's weak, Williamson said. Due to her fear, Alexander has since been moved to another nursing home - away from her only living sister who remains at Westmoreland, Williamson said.

"That's all they had was each other and you took that away from her," Williamson told Craiglow.

Williamson described Craiglow as having punched her mother in the face, thrown a glass of water in her face, and threatened she would get worse once they were in the shower. The assault left Alexander's eyes swollen and blackened, the skin on her hand torn. Reports on the assault indicate her clothing also had been torn and there was a bloody pillowcase on the floor.  (Click to Continue)

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1 comment:

Betty said...

A year might have some affect on her. She's young and hopefully she will take this opportunity to review her life and come out of jail wanting to help people. But she should never be allowed to be employed in a job with elderly or adult disabled people.