GPD: Nursing home employee accused of slapping dementia patient

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:36 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 8:36 a.m.

A Gainesville nursing home employee has been arrested, accused for slapping the head of a dementia patient who recently had brain surgery, according to a Gainesville Police Department arrest report.

Travera Ann McClendon, 33, of 1120 NW 45th Ave., Apt. 37, was charged with abuse of an elderly person.

McClendon is a certified nursing assistant at Gainesville Health Care, where the victim is a patient with dementia and Parkinson's disease. He is unable to control the use of his arms and legs and is either in bed or a wheelchair.

The report states that on Oct. 27 the man began flailing his arms and legs, trying to stand up. McClendon pushed him back into the wheelchair and hit him in the back of the head with an open hand.

Another person in the room witnessed the incident, the report states. McClendon told police she was frustrated with the man because he would not sit still. She was arrested Thursday.

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