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Del. Health Care Professional Convicted of Patient Abuse

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden on Monday announced his office has secured the conviction of a Sussex County woman charged with abusing an elderly patient at a Seaford nursing home.

Following the incident, which reportedly occurred in late February, the Seaford Police Department filed a report of patient abuse to the Attorney General's Medicaid Fraud Control Unit to open an investigation. According to the Delaware Department of Justice, Certified Nursing Assistant Anne Nunemann, 29, of Delmar, was seen putting a large trash bag over an 89-year-old resident's head while she sat in her wheelchair at the facility. The woman reportedly suffered from severe dementia, but officials said she did not sustain any injuries.

Nunemann was relieved of her position at the Seaford nursing home as a result of the incident. According to authorities, staff from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested Nunemann on May 3 and charged her with one count each of patient abuse and mistreatment of an impaired adult.

On Oct. 15, Nunemann was convicted on all counts following a two-day trial in Sussex County Superior Court. Judge E. Scott Bradley imposed a sentence of six months of intensive probation and ordered her not to work during that time in a facility that provides care to the elderly. Delaware officials are notifying the U.S. Department of Health and Social Services, which, under federal law is able to ban Nunemann from working in any facility that receives payment from any federal health care program for a minimum of five years.

The Attorney General's office also provided notice of the conviction to Delaware's Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection, which will Nunemann on the state's adult abuse registry. 

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