Lawyer: Woman accused of nursing home abuse filed suit against employer

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. (WKBN) – Ashley Wilcox, the woman accused of abusing her dementia patients, was arraigned in court Friday by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie.

Wilcox was released on a $15,000 bond, and a preliminary hearing was set for 9:30 a.m. May 19 in Central Court.

Wilcox, 21, was charged with four counts of stalking with intent to cause emotional distress and six counts of simple assault and harassment. She worked with patients at Golden Hill Nursing and Rehab in New Castle, where employees reported that she was rough with the patients, alleging that she stuck a sock in one woman’s mouth and pushed another woman’s head back while she was sitting in a chair.

Her attorney is calling the charges against Wilcox defamation, saying that she filed a civil lawsuit against the nursing home in March. The case was also against the nursing home’s parent company, Quality Life Services, and Butler County Community College, where she was studying to become a registered nurse.

The attorney, Angelo Papa, said the lawsuit was filed on March 23 in Lawrence County as a notice of intent to sue, which was based on allegations made against Wilcox by three of her former coworkers, who have not been named in the case.

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