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Deputies: Tampa caregiver repeatedly slapped 91-year-old dementia patient

TAMPA — A caregiver at an assisted living facility was arrested Saturday evening after authorities say she struck a 91-year-old woman suffering from dementia.

A witness saw Vanessa Lashawn Robinson, 27, of Tampa slapping the elderly victim across the face several times, according to an arrest affidavit. The victim tried to defend herself, the witness told authorities.

The arrest affidavit states that Robinson works for the assisted living facility at The Inn of Lakeshore Villas, a subdivision north of Bearss Avenue and Interstate 275. Jail records list her as a certified nursing assistant.

Robinson was booked on a charge of elderly abuse. Records show she was released Sunday from Hillsborough County jail after posting $2,000 bail.

Deputies: Tampa caregiver repeatedly slapped 91-year-old dementia patient 01/08/12 [Last modified: Sunday, January 8, 2012 3:32pm]

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