TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New York home health aide has been charged with assaulting a 90-year-old stroke victim at an assisted living facility in New Jersey.
The state attorney general's office says the alleged assault was captured on a hidden camera loaned to the family as part of a state program to prevent elder abuse.
Mitsou Gottheim of Nanuet is charged with endangering the welfare of an incompetent person and simple assault. Court personnel didn't have the name of an attorney for her Wednesday.
Police in Park Ridge said the video allegedly shows the 50-year-old Gottheim slapping the elderly woman's hand and roughly pushing her head back onto the pillow several times.
The woman is bedridden and unable to communicate because of the stroke.
The New Jersey Board of Nursing also is investigating.
Those who wish to participate in the Safe Care Cam program can call 973-504-6375 and leave a message.
Patients who believe that they have been treated by a licensed health care professional in an inappropriate manner can file an online complaint with the State Division of Consumer Affairs.