The news of people abusing nursing home residents are especially tough around the Holidays when I’m trying to get into the festive mood. Recently, I read about a young woman named Berianne Smith who was arrested over the weekend, with police saying she attacked a patient, twisting the woman’s breasts and nipples. Smith is a certified nurse aide at Allied Services Meade Street Skilled Nursing.
Smith was charged abuse of care of a dependent person, simple assault and harassment, after city police responded to reports of the assault. A co-worker, Lawrence VanBuren-Morgan, told police he heard the female patient “screaming at the top of her lungs as if she was being attacked or in a fight.” VanBuren-Morgan said he hurried to her room, where he said he saw Smith “grabbing and twisting at (the victim’s) breast.” VanBuren-Morgan said he heard the patient yelling that Smith was twisting her nipples.
A short time later, VanBuren-Morgan said he saw Smith return to the room, and he once again heard the patient screaming. He returned again to find the woman’s nose was bleeding, claiming Smith had hit her.
The alleged victim was taken to the hospital, where she was treated for multiple bruises and swelling.