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Former Metro nurses aide pleads guilty to abusing elderly patient

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New developments in a horrible case of patient abuse.

Former Metro Nurses Aide Virgen Caraballo pleaded guilty to seven counts of abusing an elderly woman in her care.

78 year-old Esther Piskor is shown on video getting tossed around like a rag doll by Metro Nurses Aides at their Prentiss Center Nursing Home.

A gown was tossed over Ester's face and an aide is seen pulling up bed sheets with Esther inside. Other video shows aides screaming at Esther while tossing her in her chair.

Caraballo, 45, of Cleveland, a State Tested Nursing Assistant was employed by the
Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Center at MetroHealth. Piskor had been a
patient for three years at the Elisabeth Severance Prentiss Center which is located on Scranton
Road in Cleveland. She suffers from Alzheimer's disease and requires assistance from staff for
all her needs.

Concerned for his mother's welfare, Ester's son, Steve, placed the hidden camera in an air purifier in her room.

Between April 8, 2011 and May 15, 2011, State Tested Nursing Assistant Caraballo abused the victim while providing her care.

"This abuse became well known after the victim's son set up a hidden camera to capture the
atrocious treatment his mother received," said Attorney General DeWine. "We are happy to have assisted in successfully investigating and prosecuting this case."

"Caring for the elderly is a sacred responsibility," said Prosecutor Mason. "Ms. Caraballo's
actions in this case shocked the conscience."

As part of her plea Caraballo must forfeit her license and is not allowed to work in a Medicaid facility.

She will be sentenced on January 9th, 2012. 



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