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Police: Nursing home worker abused patient with Alzheimer's

Converse Police: Marla Bean, 51, caught on camera hitting patient

CONVERSE, Texas – A 51-year-old employee of a Converse nursing home is accused of beating a 77-year-old patient who suffers from Alzheimer's Disease.

Marla Bean was arrested Tuesday on a charge of injury to the elderly.

It's a crime that Converse police said was caught on a hidden camera in the victim's room.

An arrest affidavit stated that the victim had been a patient at Esplanade Gardens Care in Converse for about a year.

Police said the daughter of the woman told them that after her mother began living at the facility she started to notice unexplained injuries.

The affidavit stated she first brought her concerns to the nursing home's management who then allowed her to install a hidden camera in the room.

On Jan. 24, the daughter was notified that her mother was in pain from a possible fall and needed to be transferred to a hospital.

The older woman was later found to have suffered an injury to her back, the affidavit stated.

Police said video from the hidden camera revealed that Bean had hit the older woman in her face and body, then shoved her onto a bed, the affidavit stated.

They said the video also showed the patient sitting, slumped over in the walk-in shower, with Bean pulling her up by her arm, the affidavit stated.

During their investigation, police said they obtained a report written by Bean which contained false information about the incident.


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