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Police: Lebanon LNA charged in assault on elderly patient

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November 21. 2017 12:06PM


LEBANON — A nursing home worker has been charged with impeding the breathing of an 88-year-old woman by pouring water over her head and face and placing clothing around her head and neck, police said.

Kareen McGregor, 50, of Lebanon, faces a Class B felony assault and Class A misdemeanor assault charge in connection with the incident.

The event resembles the practice of waterboarding, which came to public attention when American coalition troops battled insurgents in Iraq.

"Waterboarding is the reverse; you put on the clothing first and then the water," said Lebanon Police Chief Richard Mello.

The unnamed woman is a resident of Genesis HealthCare's Lebanon Center. McGregor worked there as a licensed nursing assistant.

Jeanne Moore, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania-based Genesis HealthCare, said McGregor no longer works there.

"Lebanon Center has a zero-tolerance policy with regard to abuse. When we receive a report of alleged abuse from any source, be it patient, family or another employee, we report the allegation to the appropriate authorities and begin an internal investigation," Moore said in a statement.

Mello said the incident took place Saturday; the woman told a family member about it the following day.

He said he can't address the motivation at this point, and there is no indication that other patients were involved.

Police were able to interview the 88-year-old, and Genesis HealthCare cooperated by immediately notifying police and making employees available to be interviewed.

McGregor was released on her own recognizance and is scheduled to appear at the Grafton County Superior Court for arraignment on Dec. 4.

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