Man Abused In Pawnee County Nursing Home
CLEVELAND, Oklahoma -
A former nursing assistant in Cleveland is under arrest after police say he abused an elderly patient at a local nursing home.
Police say Nicholas Kanke told them he committed this crime because he was frustrated.
Cleveland Police say late last week they were notified of a disturbing crime.
They say Nicholas Kanke, a CNA who was tasked with taking care of an elderly patient at Cleveland Manor Nursing home, abused him.
Clinton Stout, Chief of Police of the Cleveland Police Department said, Kanke abused the man "by taking approximately a dozen adult wipes that are about 8 inches by 12 inches, and shoving them in his rectum to keep him from using the bathroom anymore".
Kanke was arrested on a complaint of caretaker abuse or neglect.
He confessed and told Police he did it because he was frustrated with having to clean the man nine or ten times.
"It's a felony in the state of Oklahoma, it's a very disgusting and disturbing case, to see that somebody that's charged with taking care of our elderly". Stout said.
Chief Stout said what makes this case even more disturbing is the fact that the man who has dementia was a total care patient meaning that he could not take care of himself and is not able to communicate.
Stout also said, "He can’t defend himself, he doesn't understand what's going on, then he has somebody doing this to him".
Chief Stout says it’s important to note that the nursing home is not to blame.
He said as soon as they found out about the incident, they reported it to Police. In the meantime, he urges people to be involved in their loved-ones care.
"Don't just put them somewhere and forget about them and trust that everything's going like it should, be involved in their life still, check up on them,” said Stout.
The elderly resident has returned to the nursing home and Kanke has since been fired.