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Columbus Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center Guilty of Nursing Home Abuse

Illinois state authorities are investigating the murder of a 72-year-old man by a psychotic felon residing in at the Columbus Park Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Chicago. The aggressor, Nauden, has a history of drug convictions and aggressive behavior. He is being charged with attempted first degree murder and aggravated battery of a senior citizen; however prosecutors are looking to upgrade the charges after the victim died. The alleged beating at the Columbus Park nursing home is emblematic of the volatile mix at some Illinois nursing homes. The victim was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and dementia. On Aug. 21the aggressor awoke in his room to find the victim eating off his lunch try. Nauden then tossed a glass of water in the victim’s face and began punching him. The victim then slumped into his wheelchair, unconscious and “bleeding, profusely,” from one eye. He went to the hospital and was put on a ventilator and died weeks later from the effects of the assault. Columbus Park employees had documented the aggressor’s history of “violent, aggressive behaviors” yet the nursing home neglected to protect the residents. Roughly a quarter of the 186-patient facility’s residents have a primary diagnosis of mental illness and almost half are felons. Only one other Chicago nursing home had more reports of assault, battery or sexual assault inside the facility. Illinois relies on nursing facilities to house felons and younger mentally ill adults more than any other state. The case is known as one of three resident deaths labeled as potential homicides in Illinois during the last 18 months. To read more about the nursing home negligence, please click the link.