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Woman Convicted of Abusing Elderly

May 14, 1999

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) _ A former nursing home aide was convicted Friday of abusing Alzheimer’s patients, including an 83-year-old woman she forced to eat feces.

Stacy Arruda, 26, of Derry, N.H., was found guilty by a judge of two counts of elder abuse and seven counts of patient abuse. The charges carry a total of up to 24 years in prison and $37,000 in fines.

``The patients’ frail conditions and the unspeakable nature of the attacks make these the most disturbing incidents of elderly abuse ever encountered by my office,″ Attorney General Tom Reilly said.

Witnesses, mostly co-workers, testified Arruda assaulted five residents, all over 80, while working at the Wilmington Woods Nursing Home.

She kicked, beat and spit on patients. In one incident, she kicked and stomped on the crotch of an 81-year-old resident.

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