A 29-year-old Delmar woman was convicted Oct. 15 in Sussex County Superior Court on one count each of patient abuse and mistreatment of an impaired adult.
According to the Delaware Attorney General's Office, during a Feb. 24 work shift at the Methodist Manor House in Seaford, Certified Nursing Assistant Anne Nunemann placed a large trash bag over an 89-year-old resident's head as she sat in her wheelchair. The AG's office said the victim, who suffers from severe dementia, did not sustain physical injury. Nunemann was terminated from her position at the nursing home as a result of the incident.
The AG's office said staff from the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit arrested and charged Nunemann on May 3. She was convicted following a two-day trial. Nunemann was sentenced to six months of intensive probation and was ordered not to work during that time in a facility that provides care to the elderly. The AG's office will notify the U.S. Department of Health and Social Services which, under federal law, is authorized to bar Nunemann from working in any facility that receives payment from any federal health care program for a minimum of five years. The AG's office has also provided notice of the conviction to Delaware's Division of Long Term Care Residents Protection so that Nunemann can be placed on the state's Adult Abuse Registry.