Deputies: Caretaker hit 85-year-old-woman

Published: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 8:21 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 4, 2011 at 11:36 p.m.

An 85-year-old woman needed stitches in her left hand after she was apparently hit by her 24-year-old caretaker.

Alice Ream of Gainesville told Alachua County deputies that she got out of bed around 9 p.m. Monday to take some medication. When her caretaker, Michael William Rozboril, asked her what medication she was planning to take, Ream said she could not remember the name, only that it was in a pill dispenser.

According to Ream, Rozboril began yelling at her and she was afraid he was going to hit her, so she put her hands up with her palms toward her face. Deputies found Ream bleeding from a wound on the back of her left hand, a wound Ream told them was the result of Rozboril hitting her.

Deputies said that Rozboril was gone from the home when they arrived, but they reached him by phone and he agreed to meet with them.

In Rozbioril’s version of events, he said Ream had been making statements about wanting him to kill her.

Rozboril said the statements made him upset and that he hit her hands to get her attention.

Rozboril was booked into the Alachua County jail on charges of elderly abuse and violation of his probation in a previous, unrelated case.

Ream was taken by ambulance to a hospital to have her wound stitched closed.

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