Birch Hill Care Center Worker Charged with Sexual Assault
A nursing home employee in Shawano has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a resident at the Birch Hill Care Center. 30-year-old Samantha Cornell has been charged with second-degree sexual assault.
Shawano police responded to a call at the Birch Hill Care Center last Friday after a resident in her 70s told employees that she had been sexually assaulted. She said that Cornell kissed her on the cheek and rubbed her buttocks and genital regions.
These assaults happened a few different times, even though the resident said she told Cornell to stop.
Cornell is due to appear in court again on Tuesday, April 2.
Legal Recourse for Nursing Home Abuse Victims and Their Families
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com is a former sex crimes prosecutor who now represents survivors of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits. Here are some thoughts from Brian regarding the legal options available to nursing home abuse survivors and their families:
Families trust nursing homes and assisted living facilities to provide their loved ones with the quality of care they deserve in a safe and friendly environment. But unfortunately, not all nursing homes earn this trust. Nursing home abuse and neglect have become common issues across the United States. Nursing home residents are vulnerable and it’s important to take their safety seriously – including protecting them from sexual abuse by employees, other residents, visitors, or intruders.
Sometimes in cases of nursing home sexual abuse, the abuse may have been stopped or prevented if it weren’t for negligence by the facility. For example, if there had been previous complaints of sexual misconduct by an employee and no response from the facility, the nursing home could be considered negligent for the sexual abuse of a resident by that employee.
Each case is different. In order to fully understand your family’s legal options, we advise discussing your case with an experienced nursing home abuse lawyer.