FORT WORTH -- A nursing home aid who was video-taped mistreating a woman with Alzheimer's disease was sentenced to five years probation.
State District Judge Wayne Salvant ordered Maria F. Acosta, 44, of Arlington, to serve 90 days in jail and sentenced her to five years deferred adjudication probation on Thursday.
Acosta was accused of pinching the leg and pulling the hair of Mynez Cater, 84. Carter was under Acosta's care at the time of the offense, Aug. 23, 2012, which occured at Heritage Oaks Nursing Home, 1112 Gibbins Road in Arlington, according to court records.
Acosta pleaded guilty to injury to the elderly on Sept. 16 and elected to have Salvant assess her punishment, said Anna Hernandez, Tarrant County prosecutor. Salvant made his ruling after reviewing a pre-sentencing report and the video tape of the offense.
Relatives said they noticed their mother behaving oddly when they visited the nursing home and hid a camera, smaller than a preschooler's crayon, in Carter's room. The camera downloaded images of Acosta mistreating Carter, one relative said.
“When you place a loved one in a nursing home, you expect them to be cared for as you would care for them,” Hernandez said. “The defendant violated that trust.” -- Mitch Mitchell