Nursing Aides Plead Not Guilty
BRISTOL Two nursing assistants accused of putting a plastic bag over the head of an 87 year old Southington Care Center resident pleaded not guilty Monday to multiple felony charges.
Bernadeta Kielbowicz, 33, of 244 Lewis Road, New Britain, and Edina Alagic, 28, of 230 East St., Plainville, appeared in Superior Court in Bristol on Monday morning. Both were arrested Oct. 5 and 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 each posted $15,000 bail.
Christina Morneault, a nurse’s aide, told police that on Sept. 13 she saw Kielbowicz place a plastic garbage bag over the head of the 87 year old resident who was swearing at them in her room. While Kielbowicz held the bag, Alagic held the resident’s hands down, the warrant states. They were interrupted by a knock on the door from another nurse’s aide, the warrant states.
Morneault said the bag was on the resident’s head for less than a minute. Morneault, who said she felt intimidated by Kielbowicz and Alagic to keep quiet, reported the incident six days later to Southington Care Center administrators who in turn called the Southington Police Department, the w Nike Shoes arrant states.
Both Kielbowicz and Alagic, who were immediately fired from the nursing home, told police they were joking around and never intended to harm the resident.
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Monday, Kielbowicz and Alagic sat apart during the court proceedings but were accompanied by family and friends. Kielbowicz was grim and tired looking, while Alagic sat pensively with her arms folded.
After Kielbowicz appeared before Judge John Cronan, she stopped, reached to Alagic, shook her hand in support and said something to her quietl Nike Shoes y before walking out of the courtroom.
Neither Kielbowicz nor her lawyer would comment after the arraignment, but before the proceedings Alagic’s lawyer, John R. Donovan, did speak briefly.
My client does dispute the factual allegations,” Donovan said. I’m hopeful this case will resolve itself when the full facts are known. Right now it’s premature to comment on the facts.”