Police: Morrisdale man abused patient
Nursing home resident said employee hurt her
CLEARFIELD — A Clearfield County man is facing charges for allegedly physically abusing a patient at a nursing home.
Police say Chance Talen Myers, 27, of Morrisdale was hurting the victim by stepping on her foot, grabbing her by the neck, pushing on her head and flipping her walker upside down in an effort to make her fall.
The victim told officials in March that the caretaker was “hurting her” and his actions were ongoing for about a month, according to the affidavit of probable cause.
Another employee told investigators that the victim mentioned that Myers grabbed her by the neck by placing his thumb under her jaw and wrapping his hand around the back of her neck.
At another time, after the victim told him not to step on her foot, he then allegedly “purposely stepped on her foot.”
When the victim was questioned by police, she reportedly stated that he “scares her and hurts her.”
Officers could see the victim had a visible fresh bruise on her neck that extended to the rear of her neck as if someone had grabbed her there. Her foot was swollen and severely bruised and there were two small bruises on her chest area, police said.
In an interview with investigators, Myers “displayed multiple signs of deception,” changed his story several times and appeared nervous. He eventually asked for an attorney.
The victim was questioned several different times and always told the same story.
An administrator for the nursing home in Lawrence Township noted that Myers had “multiple allegations” since he started working at the facility, but had always been found innocent of any abuse, according to the report.
Myers, who is charged with misdemeanor counts of neglect of care dependent person, strikes-shoves-kicks or attempts/threatens care dependent person, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person, waived his right to a preliminary hearing during centralized court in Clearfield County on Wednesday.
He is free on $50,000 bail.