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Health aide accused of choking nursing home patient
EAST GREENBUSH - A health aid for a local nursing home is facing charges after police say he choked an elderly resident.
32-year-old Antoine Reid, who works at Evergreen Commons in East Greenbush, says he's not guilty.
Reid says not only did he not choke or hurt an elderly resident in any way he says he didn't touch her at all.
Here's his side of the story:
Reporter: Do you want to say anything at all about the woman? How are you going to plea?
Reid: Not guilty. I wasn't feeling good yesterday. I don't know what happened yesterday. Falsely accused of something I didn't do.
Reporter: You think she didn't feel good?
Reid: No, I don't feel good. I still don't feel good. I have a cold. I still don't feel good but I was falsely accused of something I didn't do.
Reporter: Did you put your hands on her in any way?
Reid: I didn't touch her cause I'm really sick. So I didn't want to touch her at all. I didn't touch her at all. I am going to take it to trial.
The nursing aid registry shows Reid is certified and has never been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor in the past.
The CEO of Evergreen Commons refused to speak with us on camera but we do know it is legal for a male health aid to dress a female resident.
That is what police say Reid was doing before this all allegedly happened.
EAST GREENBUSH -- Police have charged a health aide after a nursing home patient claimed he choked her.
Antoine Reid, 32, was charged with endangering an elder or incompetent person and criminally obstructing breathing. Officials say staff at the Evergreen Commons nursing home heard the patient yelling around 9 a.m. and rushed to her room to investigate.
Reid was in the room in the process of dressing the patient, and told nurses that he did not know why the woman was yelling. However, when staff took the woman aside, she claimed Reid had chocked her around her neck using both hands. Officials say the staff observed red marks on her neck and a bruise on her arm that hand not been there only a few minutes before.
Reid will be in court on Thursday evening regarding the charges.