Nurse's aide accused of neglect, causing 95-year-old patient to break her leg

An Oneida County nurse's aide is accused of neglect for not following protocol when it came to the care plan of a 95-year-old patient last June. Investigators say 19-year-old Aaliyah Weathers ultimately caused the patient to break her leg, and then live with the injury for two days before anyone noticed.

The State Attorney General's Office says Weathers broke health laws when she was assigned to care for a resident at the Heritage Health Care Center in Utica.

According to the care plan, this particular patient needed two people for a lift or a transfer, but on June 3, Weathers transferred her alone. The patient slipped and fell to the floor.

Investigators say Weathers did not report the incident. Two days later,the patient's leg was found to be broken in two places.

Weathers is charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Vulnerable Elderly Person or a Physically Disabled Person and Endangering the Welfare of an Incompetent or Physically Disabled Person in the second degree, Falsifying Business Records in the first degree, and Willful Violation of Health Laws.

On Thursday, Weathers pleaded not guilty in Utica City Court. She was released on her own recognizance.

The case is being prosecuted by the Special Assistant Attorney General Regional Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit in Syracuse.