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Fairfield Health Worker Charged With Patient Abuse

FAIRFIELD, Conn. – A former nurse’s assistant at the Ludlowe Center for Rehabilitation was charged with assaulting an 84-year-old patient at the Fairfield medical facility, according to police reports.

The victim’s first called Fairfield police in April to report suspicious injuries his father received while a patient at Ludlowe. The victim had swelling and bruises on his face and neck and a pain in his arm, according to the report. The center’s administration originally told the family the man had lightly bumped his head. The victim, who suffers from dementia and does not speak English, was not able to tell investigators what had happened, police said.

After several days of family requests, administrators allowed a doctor to examine his injuries, police said. The doctor found the victim had a fracture in his face and a broken hand, according to police reports.

Tina Blake, 27 of Bridgeport was on duty the night of the injuries. She eventually admitted to having forced open the victim’s hand and pushing him against the bed with excessive force, police said.

Blake was suspended from work at Ludlowe when police named her as a suspect. She was fired when criminal charges were filed, according to police reports. Police still are investigating the incident to determine if anyone else involved will be charged.

Blake turned herself in Monday morning after police filed for an arrest warrant. She was charged with third-degree assault on an elderly person, first-degree reckless endangerment and cruelty to a person, all misdemeanors. She was held on a $25,000 bond, and is due in court Oct. 29.

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