Va. Nurse Charged with Abusing Elderly Patients

July 15, 2009

BURKEVILLE, Va. (AP) - A former nursing aide has been charged with abusing nine elderly patients at a Nottaway County hospital.

State police said Catherine Ann Harris was arrested Tuesday and charged with nine misdemeanor counts of abuse and neglect of an incapacitated adult.

Officers charged the 46-year-old Harris after administrators at the Piedmont Geriatric Hospital in Burkeville contacted state police requesting an investigation into possible elder abuse of patients cared for by Harris between December and April. None of the injuries was life-threatening, according to a state police news release.

Harris is free on bond before her trial.

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