The Austin Police Department investigation will soon close regarding a nurse aide at Windsor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center on Duval in North Austin.
No charges are filed.
Pflugerville certified nurse aide is accused of posting Snapchat videos
of himself taunting an 83-year-old woman with a feather, making her
smear feces on her face.
APD Detective Lee Knouse said he could not comment on the specifics of this case, but told us how they work cases like these.
said social media sites, like Snapchat, are not always enough evidence
for an arrest because the user could claim someone was using the account
But don’t let that stop you from alerting police to criminal acts.
would ask as a police department for you to be a good neighbor and
reach out to the police department. If you can, retain any information.
Save any video you can that would aid in a criminal investigation
later,” said Knouse.
Austin Police do not typically handles cases
regarding abuse allegations between facility workers and the elderly.
The Texas Attorney General’s Office handles criminal matters. The Texas
Department of Aging and Disability Services (DADS) handles licensing
“Even though the police department may not have
something with a criminal offense, that could land someone in jail, we
want to make sure that the child or elderly is safe. the people who can
do that would be DADS or other individuals we work with who could keep
that individual safe,” said Knouse.
DADS confirmed their investigation is still open.
facilities are required to follow regulations and statutes pertaining
to offenses and criminal history checks,” said Kelli Weldon, Assistant
Press Officer for the Texas Health & Human Services Commission,
which is the state agency over DADS.
“Our regulatory authority is
generally focused on the facility rather than individuals. Note: If an
investigator confirms during an investigation that a nurse aide
committed an act of abuse, neglect, exploitation or misappropriation of a
resident or resident property the nurse aide will be referred to the
Nurse Aide Registry for due process. If the at the end of due process
the referral is upheld, the nurse aide’s certification will be revoked
and he/she will be listed on the Employee Misconduct Registry as
permanently unemployable in certain facilities in the state of Texas,”
KVUE reached out to the Texas Attorney General’s
office Friday afternoon. They could not confirm nor deny an open
investigation before this update. A spokesman said they will provide an
update next week.
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