CONCORD — A former employee of an independent living facility could face 90 days in county jail and a $500 fine after she was found guilty of simple assault and abuse of a patient this week according to law enforcement officials.
Samantha Siegel, 19, of Portsmouth has appealed those misdemeanor convictions in 7th Circuit Court District Division in Dover.
Under state law, Siegel will receive a jury trial on these same charges at a later date in Rockingham County Superior Court.
Siegel had worked at St. Ann’s Rehabilitation and Nursing Center of Dover in July 2018 and police officials charged she made a recording of herself placing her hand over the mouth of a 92-year-old resident to keep the patient from speaking.
According to court documents, Siegle later showed that recording to third parties.
St. Ann’s officials told police they first learned last July 20 of the allegations after a retail store employee reported Siegel had showed that recording on her phone.
After the local court trial, Siegel was found guilty Tuesday and fined $500 and given six months incarceration, suspended for good behavior, on the assault charge. She got a sentence of nine months in county jail, all but 90 days suspended, and two years of probation on the charge of abusing the patient.
The Office of the Attorney General is charged with prosecuting all cases of abuse of patients at health care facilities in the state.
Attorney General Gordon J. MacDonald said any suspected abuse should be reported to the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit at 271-1246, a local police department or the Department of Health and Human Services, Bureau of Elderly and Adult Services at 800-949-0470.