'Wheelchair assault' rap
By WILLIAM J. GORTA and JESSICA SIMEONE, NY Post
A Queens nurse dumped an elderly patient out of a wheelchair and left the woman writhing on the floor with a broken hip, authorities said yesterday.
Jessie Joiner, 56, also swiped two dozen painkillers the same night she knocked Jane Bills to the floor, state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo said.
Officials at the William O. Benenson Rehabilitation Center in Flushing reported Joiner to the state after reviewing video of the March 20 incident captured via a hallway surveillance camera, Cuomo said.
"We expect nursing homes to be staffed with professionals who will provide dependable and compassionate care for our loved ones," Cuomo said.
A hospital spokesman said the 302-bed Benenson Center enjoys a sterling reputation -- including a four-star government rating -- and called Joiner's alleged actions unacceptable.
Outside court after her arraignment yesterday, Joiner, who lives in Jamaica, wailed "I didn't do it! I didn't do it!"
She faces up to seven years in prison.