Torturing and Killing Off of the Elderly in Connecticut?
If you are not rich and connected in Connecticut, watch out.
Nurse's Aide Feared For Elderly Woman's Life
October 8, 2005 By ROBERTO GONZALEZ, Hartford Courant Staff Writer
SOUTHINGTON (Connecticut) -- The 87-year-old woman was "feisty."
She would swear, curse and scratch and hit the staff members at Southington Care Center who tended to her needs.
But last month, two staff members reacted to her demeanor by putting a bag over her head and choking her to the point that a witness thought they might kill her, according to an arrest warrant.
Christina Morneault, a nurse's aide, told police she was on rounds at the facility on Sept. 13 with nursing assistant Bernadeta Kielbowicz, 33, when they entered the elderly woman's room to change her. Edina Alagic, 28, another nursing assistant at the facility, came into the room to visit Kielbowicz, Morneault told police, according to an arrest warrant. The resident continued to swear at them.
Morneault told police that she was so shocked by what happened next that she froze.Kielbowicz was holding a clear plastic garbage bag in her hand, Morneault said. Then, in one swift motion, Kielbowicz raised the bag over the resident's head and pulled it over her face, the warrant states.
As the woman struggled - hitting and yelling - Kielbowicz twisted the bag around the woman's neck, Morneault told police.
Morneault told police that she could tell the woman was having a hard time breathing by the condensation that was forming on the inside of the bag.
At that point, Morneault told police, Alagic grasped the woman's hands and held them down to prevent her from struggling away from Kielbowicz. Kielbowicz continued to choke the woman, Morneault said, until they heard a knock at the door from another nurse's aide. Alagic told Kielbowicz to remove the bag, Morneault told police. When she did, the resident began to scream and curse and gasp for air, the warrant states.
Alagic turned to Morneault and said: "You better not tell anyone; we're going to get our stories right," Morneault told police.Kielbowicz, of 244 Lewis Road, New Britain, and Alagic, of 230 East St., Plainville, were arrested Wednesday and charged with multiple felonies in the alleged assault.
Reached by phone Friday, Kielbowicz would not comment on the case. Alagic could not be reached, and Morneault, who has been on paid leave since reporting the incident, also could not be reached for comment. Kielbowicz and Alagic were fired on Sept. 19, the same day Morneault reported the incident to Southington Care Center officials. After Kielbowicz released the woman, Morneault said, nurse's aide Pam Mann entered the room and said she heard screaming.
Kielbowicz had thrown the plastic bag into her garbage pail before Mann entered, Morneault said.After Alagic told Mann that nothing had happened, she and Kielbowicz left the room.
Morneault then also told Mann nothing had happened because she was in fear for her life after seeing what happened, Morneault told police.Morneault said in her statement that Kielbowicz held the bag over the victim's head for a minute or less.
According to the warrant, Morneault later told police in an interview she believed Kielbowicz put the bag over the victim's head to quiet her down and to stop her from hitting her. She also said she didn't think Kielbowicz intended to harm the elderly woman.
According to the warrant, Kielbowicz and Alagic both told police they did not intend to harm the woman and that they were both joking around when they tried to stop her from swearing at them.
Alagic described it as a "stupid joke" to police.
Kielbowicz told police she was in the process of putting a plastic trash bag into a container while the elderly woman was swearing at her, saying she was going to bite her and pull her hair.
Kielbowicz said she, Alagic and Morneault were laughing at what the woman was saying and as a joke placed the bag over her head to quiet her down, taking it off after no more than a few seconds.
Both Kielbowicz and Alagic told police that neither of them told Morneault not to say anything.Mann told police that when she walked into the room, she noticed the elderly woman was agitated but wasn't sure what she was saying. Mann also told police the woman has had a history of being difficult and abusive physically and verbally and that the staff "just suck it up" and get scratched and sworn at as they provide care for her.
Doctors at Southington Care Center said the victim suffered no injuries from the assault, police said.
Kielbowicz and Alagic were both charged with second-degree assault of an elderly person, first-degree unlawful restraint, first-degree reckless endangerment, cruelty to persons and second-degree breach of peace. They posted $15,000 bail each and are scheduled to appear in Superior Court in Bristol on Oct. 17.
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$15,000 bail each, WHAT!!!???
Court Officials in Connecticut tried to place Christopher Kennedy's bail at $500,000 just after he lodged complaints against a Connecticut State Police Officer and tried to have Judge Jonathan Kaplan and Prosecutor Christopher Parakilas punished for gross misconduct and judicial citizen abuse.
The abuse pattern
Was Chris Kennedy arrested and facing 50 years in prison for lodging legitimate complaints against Judge Jonathan Kaplan of Rockville (Vernon) Connecticut Court, 20 Park St. and other officials?