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Caretaker charged with dumping elderly woman from wheelchair

Posted at 8:52 AM, Aug 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-29 09:52:59-04

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – A Connecticut woman is facing several charges for allegedly dumping an 83-year-old woman she was hired to care for out of her wheelchair.

Christine Christensen posted $50,000 bail Tuesday after she was charged with third-degree elder abuse, second-degree reckless endangerment and third-degree assault of an elderly person. She is scheduled to appear in court Sept. 4.

Police say the 62-year-old Christensen, of South Windsor, was caught on surveillance video July 10 shoving the wheelchair at a Windsor Locks nursing facility. The facility says Christensen does not work for them, but was hired by the victim’s family.

The victim slammed face-first into the floor and suffered injuries to the left side of her face and her left arm.

Christensen’s attorney said his client did not act intentionally.

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