A caretaker has been accused of pushing an 86-year-old Alzheimer’s patient and breaking her hip at an Acworth retirement community, according to police.
According to a warrant issued by the Cobb County Magistrate Court, Sheliah Knight injured a resident of the Legacy at Walton Overlook on Friday evening. Knight was not employed there, but she was contracted by the victim’s family, an employee at Walton Overlook said.
Knight told officers she was trying to keep the patient inside her apartment while the patient grabbed her around the neck and chest. She said she was a fill-in for the patient’s regular caregiver, and everything was going smoothly until the patient tried to follow her to the bathroom and barricade the bathroom door with a bookcase, the warrant states.
Video from the hallway outside the apartment shows the patient “pushing her arms out of the front door of her apartment,” according to one officer on the scene. “(The patient) steps back inside for a second, and then tries to push back out into the hallway in front of her apartment. The video shows what appears to be Ms. Knight push (the patient) back inside her apartment, where she falls to the floor.”
The officer also said Knight became irritated and did not cooperate with police initially.
“While speaking with Ms. Knight, I did not observe any red marks or scratches initially looking, however Ms. Knight kept scratching her chest and arm the entire time speaking with me, which caused it to be red at the end of the conversation when she pointed it out,” the officer wrote. “Also, in reference to Ms. Knight saying that (the patient) attempted to move a shelf in front of the bathroom door, I do not believe (the patient) would be able to move anything in her physical state.”
Police said the patient suffered from a broken hip and bruised arm, but her current condition was not immediately available. According to the incident report, officers tried to get a statement from the patient at the hospital, but her dementia led her to believe she hurt herself falling out of a taxi.
Knight was initially released from the scene, but police said a review of the video the following day led them to believe there was probable cause, and an arrest warrant was issued.
Knight faces charges of aggravated battery of a person over the age of 65 and of neglect to a disabled adult, elderly person or resident of a care facility for not immediately calling 911 for medical aid, according to the warrant.
Sheriff’s Department records show she has not been booked into the Cobb County Adult Detention Center.