Police investigating possible abuse of elderly person

Police investigating possible abuse of elderly person
(Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro nurse called police Monday night in regards to a potential case of abuse of an elderly person.

The 83-year-old woman was picked up from Lexington Place Healthcare and Rehabilitation after she complained of leg pain.

According to a Jonesboro Police Department incident report, the staff at Lexington Place was unaware of why her leg was hurting.

A nurse at St. Bernards Medical Facility said x-rays of the woman's leg showed she had a spiral fracture. The nurse told police that the type of fracture is "extremely severe" and there was no way the woman could have done it to herself.

The nurse said she believed staff at the nursing home possibly caused the injury.

Region 8 News reached out to Lexington Place, who said an investigation into the woman's injury is currently underway.

"The facility sent a report to the Jonesboro Police Department after one its residents was discovered to have an injury of unknown origin," Lexington Place Attorney Sean Mathis said. "State law mandates that injuries, such as this one, must be reported to local police department along with notification of the resident's physician.  The staff completed the required reporting prior to the resident being transported to the hospital for treatment."

Mathis said Lexington Place "wants to do all it can to safeguard the people living there."

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