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Patient Abuse Charge Could Lead to Second Investigation

North Carolina Wilmington, NC - The arrest of a Wilmington nursing home worker could lead to another investigation involving the facility itself and whether it followed procedures. Nursing Assistant Brenda Harper turned herself in to police Monday to face charges of patient abuse. Detectives say she hit a 90-year-old patient in the head three times and swore at her. The Oakdale Heights Senior Living Center fired Harper. A police investigation followed. Now authorities are questioning the facility's actions. The state agency that oversees nursing homes says Oakdale Heights never filed a required report about the incident.

July 28, 2006

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