Today at Bronx, New York, a nursing home aide (Cherrylee Young) was charged with criminally negligent homicide for the death of a 77 year old resident (Frank Mercado) after an altercation between the two led to the death of Mercado on 12-8-14. Mercado had been a patient/resident at the University Nursing Home for four years.
Young was arrested on 12-9-14. She will appear before a grand jury on 1-13-15. She has been suspended by her employer, pending the outcome of the criminal case.
According to the New York Daily News, Young allegedly beat the elderly victim, causing Mercado to fall onto a table which broke. Splinters from the table pierced his rectum. After his condition worsened over several hours, Mercado was transported to a hospital, where he later died.
Employees at the nursing home stated that they saw Young holding the victim against the wall at around 11:00 AM on 12-8-14.
Young claims that the elderly resident, who was visually impaired, struck at her first, and that she reacted in self defense.
If convicted of criminally negligent homicide under NY State Statute 125.10, Young could face a penalty of up to 4 years in prison.
The charges against Young could always change, pending the outcome from the grand jury decision.
What do you think about this case? Obviously, it’s sad. Is it possible that Young really was acting in self defense?
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