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Nursing home worker found guilty of assault

An eldercare worker has been found guilty of assault after an incident at a City of Ottawa nursing home involving a 76-year-old man suffering from dementia.

An eldercare worker has been found guilty of assault after an incident at a City of Ottawa nursing home involving a 76-year-old man suffering from dementia.

Darlene McGregor was found guilty of assault but found not guilty of assault causing bodily harm, an Ontario Court judge ruled on Thursday.

The charge stemmed from two incidents at the city-run Carleton Lodge in the south-end of Ottawa on Feb. 11, 2010, which sent resident John Kearney to the hospital.

The court heard that Kearney suffers from dementia and is known to be aggressive. McGregor and another caregiver were trying to change Kearney's bed sheets when McGregor pinned Kearney's wrist to his chest after she said he swung at her with a pen.

Later, the court heard McGregor went into his room alone and emerged with a bloody mouth after she said he had hit her. Staff entered the room and also saw a welt near Kearney's eye and discovered the broken thumb.

The judge ruled the first incident was assault but found McGregor not guilty of assault causing bodily harm in connection with the second incident.

Susan Kearney, the daughter of John Kearney, said afterwards the verdict shows that "clearly something went on that shouldn't have."

McGregor is scheduled to be sentenced on Friday.

With files from the CBC's Steve Fischer

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