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Dade City nurse's aide accused of slapping patient, 90

DADE CITY — An employee at the Royal Oak Nursing Center was charged this week with elderly abuse after police say she slapped a 90-year-old resident several times.

Stacie Starcher, 36, is a certified nursing assistant who worked at the facility at 37300 Royal Oaks Lane. She was getting ready to give the elderly woman a bath about 9:30 a.m. July 22 when Starcher got upset and slapped the woman across the face, according to the Dade City Police Department.

The woman was not injured. Authorities say they do not know how hard the woman was struck, or why Starcher was upset. Another employee saw the incident and reported it to a supervisor.

Starcher was arrested Tuesday at her home on Poinsetta Avenue and taken to Land O'Lakes jail, where she remained Wednesday in lieu of $5,000 bail.

A representative from the Royal Oak Nursing Center declined to comment, saying only "You need to talk to the police about that."

Dade City nurse's aide accused of slapping patient, 90 07/27/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 27, 2011 4:32pm]

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