Nursing home employee charged with hurting Alzheimer's patient

A nursing home employee was arrested Wednesday in connection with assaulting an Alzheimer’s patient.

Lashanda Annette Johnson, 32, of Augusta was charged with simple battery and protection of a disabled adult and elder person. She was held in the Richmond County jail Wednesday night.

According to a Richmond County incident report, Johnson, who works at The Place, 3235 Deans Bridge Road, woke the patient to change her bed sheets when the patient started fighting. Johnson pushed the patient back into her bed and said she would hit the patient if she fought again.

Authorities responded to the nursing home Wednesday morning after a bump was found on back of the patient’s head. During the investigation, police reviewed surveillance video of the patient’s room, which showed the incident occurring early Monday morning.

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