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A certified nursing home assistant has been taken into custody on allegations that she abused a nursing home resident at a Pensacola nursing home. She is accused of causing injuries to the face and neck of an Alzheimer’s patient.

The arrest was carried out in Louisiana by the Houma Police Department, acting on behalf of the Attorney General’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. “This victim was suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and clearly relied on support from his caretakers,” said Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. “Our senior citizens deserve a high standard of care and respect and we will continue to enforce those standards.”

Witnesses say the incident occurred in the shower room of the facility. The man was holding onto a piece of equipment in the shower and began to resist her efforts to remove him. To break his grasp, she struck him.

Gamble has waived extradition and the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office will be transporting her to the Escambia County Jail. She will be charged with one felony count of elder abuse. If convicted, she faces up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.

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