Suspect arrested in nursing home abuse case

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin Police have arrested a woman suspected in the Castle Pines nursing home abuse case.

Bail was set at $5,000 and Rodriguez posted bond Thursday and left the Angelina County Jail.

According to an arrest affidavit, Rodriguez abused an 80-year-old woman on March 22, 2009.

One of the nursing staff, the affidavit states, noticed the victim's door was closed and her help light was activated. The worker went to check on the victim and saw Rodriguez striking the resident on her left hand. The worker then saw blood on the bed and reported it to the hall desk.

According to the affidavit, other staff came into the room and saw bruising begin to develop on both of the victim's hands and arms.

Rodriguez admitted to "popping the victim," the affidavit states and to holding her hands down and trying to fight with her.

Rodgriguez is a certified nurse aid, the affidavit states.

Attempts to reach an administrator at Castle Pines were unsuccessful.