Aide accused of assaulting nursing home patient

A nurse’s assistant is accused of using a pillow to silence a patient at a local nursing home.

Errin Hubbard, 23, of Grand Junction was arrested Saturday on suspicion of third-degree assault on an at-risk victim and misdemeanor neglect of an at-risk victim. The arrest came after a staff member at Larchwood Inns, 2845 N. 15th St., reported allegations of abuse Friday to the Grand Junction Police Department.

According to a heavily redacted arrest affidavit released by Grand Junction police, a fellow nurse’s aide at the facility watched as Hubbard placed a pillow over the face of a female patient in order to stop her screaming.

The women has been a patient at the facility six years, is not ambulatory and has been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, the affidavit said.

The patient repeated the same allegations to a Grand Junction police officer.

“Generally, she reported that staff and conditions were good at the Inn,” the affidavit said.

A co-worker there told the officer she was attending to another patient across the hallway around 6 a.m. Thursday when she heard yelling and screaming from a woman, and “Errin Hubbard yelling at her to shut up.” the affidavit said. 

“A moment later the screams abruptly became muffled,” the affidavit said.

The co-worker said she saw a pillow covering the victim’s face. Hubbard explained the woman was “(expletive) screaming in my ear, I can’t take it,” the affidavit said.

When interviewed a second time by an officer, the patient alleged Hubbard had shoved a white rag inside her mouth before covering her face.

She claimed Hubbard had done similar things to her in the past.

When contacted by an officer on Saturday, Hubbard declined to be interviewed without an attorney. She was arrested that same day and walked out of the Mesa County Jail on Monday after posting $1,000 bond.


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