HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A former nurse has pleaded no contest to abusing an 85-year-old Henrico woman in her care.
Valerie Draughn entered a no contest plea to abuse of an incapacitated adult Wednesday, but will serve just five days for the offense. A judge sentenced her to six months in jail, but suspended five months and three weeks of the term.
Eighty-five-year-old Genevieve Overman's family says they hired Draughn as a nurse and she worked in the family's home for over a year. They told Henrico police, they came home and found scratches and bruises all over Overman's hands and arms.
Relatives say Overman was blind, couldn't walk and had dementia, so she wasn't able to tell her family what was happening while under Draughn's care.
The family finally installed a nanny cam and watched as an attack unfolded before their eyes. The judge watched the video but it was transcribed in court.
Draughn was trying to give Overman a bath when she became combative. Draughn then grabbed her head, shoved her and threw water in her face.
"It's absolutely sickening because we had put all our trust in this woman," said the victim's son Billy Overman. "The betrayal is just heartbreaking."
The Overmans hired Draughn through the company Care Advantage, the largest home healthcare provider in Virginia. According to its website, Care Advantage does perform background checks on each employee.
The Overmans are unsure what action if any they will take against the company.
Draughn's nursing license has been suspended indefinitely but she has a chance to appeal the state's decision on November 18. Draughn must report to jail November 8.