Worker at nursing dwelling slapped affected individual with Alzheimer’s, causing inflammation and bruising

SAN ANTONIO – An personnel at a Medical Heart-place nursing home is accused of slapping a 84-yr previous female with Alzheimer’s disorder, causing her deal with to bruise and swell, in accordance to San Antonio law enforcement.

Investigators explained Marcelina Felipa Ruiz, a licensed nursing assistant, struck the girl on Saturday at the Oak Park Nursing and Rehab Centre located in the 7300 block of Oak Manor Drive.

A witness told law enforcement that he read screaming coming from the patient’s space, according to an arrest warrant affidavit. When he went to test on the predicament, he saw Ruiz and the affected person on your own inside of the area.

The individual, who suffers from an advanced stage of Alzheimer’s illness, was sitting down on a chair although Ruiz attempted to adjust her shirt, the affidavit states.

Due to the fact of the woman’s problem, she reacted by grabbing Ruiz’s forearm. Ruiz recognized she experienced been scratched and then slapped the client throughout the facial area, the affidavit states.


An incident report states that the witness notified administration, and Ruiz was sent property.

Investigators mentioned the force caused bruising and swelling to the patient’s remaining cheek. A person officer famous the “swelling and redness was additional pronounced when he arrived to the place.”

Jail data demonstrate Ruiz, 64, was arrested on Thursday and charged with injuries to the elderly by facility caregiver, a next-degree felony.

A contact to nursing residence administration went unanswered on Friday early morning. We will update this tale after we get comment from Oak Park.

A spokeswoman with SAPD explained the circumstance continues to be below investigation.

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