Woman sentenced to 90 days for beating JHDC resident

Woman sentenced to 90 days for beating JHDC resident

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A woman will spend 3 months in prison for beating a Jonesboro Human Development Center resident with a clothes hanger.

On Dec. 11, a Craighead County jury found Sherri Currie, 39, of Jonesboro guilty of one count of adult abuse, a Class D felony.

She was sentenced to 90 days in the Arkansas Department of Correction and fined $1,000.

The conviction stems from an incident that occurred at the JHDC on Nov. 29, 2014.

Currie, who was employed as a residential care technician, beat an "intellectually disabled resident multiple times with a clothes hanger," according to a news release from Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

Court documents revealed the victim had "marks from her shoulders all the way down to her spine."

Initially Currie denied the assault, but when confronted with video evidence she reportedly admitted to hitting the resident, but she did not realize she "struck her hard enough to leave a bruise," the affidavit stated.

Following an investigation by the JHDC and the Attorney General's office, Second Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington filed charges against Currie.

"Those living in long-term care facilities, such as the Jonesboro Human Development Center, are entitled to the highest quality care," Rutledge said.

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