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Caregiver pleads guilty to charges

September 20th, 2011 11:38 pm by Becky Campbell

For the second time this year, a former nursing home worker accused of cursing and abusing patients stood before a judge to plead guilty to the charges against her.
Amanda Tibble, 35, 112 George Laws Road, pleaded guilty to two counts of willful abuse or neglect of an adult and entered a best interest plea to two other counts on Tuesday.
The plea agreement included a 15-month sentence for Tibble. She is eligible for probation and has a sentencing hearing Oct. 25.
Tibble had been before Criminal Court Judge Robert Cupp in June to enter the same pleas, but he wouldn’t accept it after hearing her explanation of her actions — which he said did not constitute a crime.
During the plea hearing Tuesday, Tibble wasn’t required to state what happened, but she agreed to a stipulation from Assistant District Attorney General Dennis Brooks.
Brooks told Cupp that Tibble, who worked at John M. Reed Nursing Home in Limestone when she was charged last year, verbally abused two patients, causing them mental anguish, and inflicted physical abuse on two others.
The abuse apparently primarily involved Tibble using profanity toward residents, according to court records, but on at least one occasion Tibble is accused of becoming physical with one nursing home resident.
“The defendant became aggressive with a 75-year-old client by twisting his arm behind his back and was using profanity toward the client,” Investigator Mike Adams wrote in the court paper.
Adams also wrote that Tibble “admitted to being verbally abusive to four clients by using profanity directed to them.”
Two of the charges stem from interactions Tibble allegedly had with other residents. Authorities said one patient was victimized twice. The incidents occurred in January 2010.
Tibble is free on a $20,000 bond.

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