Nursing home employee faces charges of patient abuse

FOSTORIA, OH (WTOL) - A Fostoria woman faced a judge Tuesday morning, accused of physically abusing a 94 year old woman at Fostoria nursing home.

The Fostoria Police department said Kim Reid, 28, was an employee at the Independence House nursing home in Fostoria.

Investigators said Reid repeatedly abused the woman.

Reid was charged with one count of patient abuse, a fourth degree felony.  She was released on bond, and has a preliminary hearing set for January 26th.

According to court records, investigators said Reid repeatedly abused the 94 year old woman on numerous occasions, by pulling her hair and pinching her nose so hard it left marks lasting into the next day.

"This was based on a pattern of conduct, that's why it's still an ongoing investigation. But, we feel through our interviews, the independent witnesses, and our evidence, we can certainly sustain one charge of what we've charged her with," said Fostoria Police Chief John McGuire.

The Fostoria Police Department began investigating the abuse allegations in November, after a supervisor at the Independence House contacted authorities.

"In this particular incident, you had not only employees come forward, but a supervisor, who as soon as they were made aware of this conduct, reported it to us, not only let us do our job in our investigation, but also conducted an internal investigation of their own, and have been very forthcoming in working with us, and I think it speaks very highly of that organization," said McGuire.

An administrator from the Independence House said she could not comment on the case.

If convicted, Reid faces 18 months behind bars.