By Marion V. Ali
Bronx police in New York have arrested Cherylee Young, 41, a Belize-born nurse’s aide who worked at the University Nursing Home in the Bronx, and charged her with negligent homicide for the death of a 77-year-old patient.
Young is accused of assaulting Frank Mercado on December 8, 2014, at the University Nursing Home at 2505 Grand Avenue.
Employees of the nursing home told New York Police investigators they saw Young holding Mercado against a wall in his room around 11 a.m. on December 8th.
During the assault, Mercado, who was did not see well, fell on to a table that broke and pierced him in the rectum. Mercado’s condition deteriorated over several hours and the nursing home staff eventually transported him to Montefiore Medical Center, where he died. Doctors determined that the wound caused internal bleeding.
Cherylee Young was arrested the next day and appeared this Monday with her lawyer at the Bronx Criminal Court.
The New York Daily News reported the same day that she agreed to testify before a grand jury and that her lawyer said she will plead not guilty if the grand jury indicts her. She has since been suspended from her job pending the outcome of her case.
One report said that Mercado hit nurse Young, and that she responded in self-defense. The charges may be amended, depending on the grand jury’s findings.
University Nursing Home released a statement Monday expressing “profound regret” over Mercado’s death and offering condolences to his family. Mercado had been a resident of the nursing home for four years.
The nursing home wouldn’t comment further because it was cooperating with authorities in an ongoing investigation.-goinginvestigation.
Young, who was dressed in a leopard-print blouse and black coat, left the courtroom surrounded by family members. A jury was empaneled this week to hear her case.