Caregiver Gets One Year In Prison For Hitting 95-Year-Old Patient

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A caregiver in Maryland was sentenced to a year behind bars after she was caught by a surveillance camera slapping a nonagenarian woman in the face and assaulting her with a cell phone. Watch the disturbing video below.

The incident took place at the Springvale Terrace Retirement Home in Silver Spring, where 48-year-old Roxann Bucchan-Straker had been hired to provide private care for a 95-year-old woman, ABC7 reported. The victim is confined to a wheelchair and relied on Bucchan-Straker for help in going to the restroom, dressing herself, and preparing meals.

Bucchan-Straker was charged with two counts of second-degree assault and a third count of vulnerable adult abuse stemming from a video dated November 20, 2015. She can be clearly seen striking the elderly victim in the face with a cell phone, and then a few minutes later hitting her in the face while trying to feed her.

The second “smack” was so loud, police said, that the camera – which was set in place by the victim’s son so he could determine if his mother was being abused – picked up the sound of Buccan-Straker’s hand hitting the woman’s face.

“You’re supposed to eat, that’s what you’re supposed to do,” Bucchan-Straker says.

No word has surfaced as to why police waited over a year to file charges against Bucchan-Straker, a mother-of-two who is registered with the Maryland State Board of Nursing as a medication technician.

While she originally faced 25 years in prison, Bucchan-Striker was sentenced to one year behind bars, to be followed by three years’ probation. She told the judge that she was “ashamed” about the incident and blamed her anger at the fact that she had been under pressure at work and in her personal life.

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