Wednesday, August 07, 2002

Woman, 82, raped at hospital


Patient says she was assaulted at Deaconess over weekend

By William A. Weathers, bweathers@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Cincinnati police are investigating the rape of an 82-year old Northern Kentucky woman at Deaconess Hospital.

        The woman was a patient at the hospital in University Heights over the weekend when she was sexually assaulted in her room by one or more unknown men, according to a complaint filed by the woman's daughter.

        The woman was taken to St. Elizabeth Medical Center South in Edgewood for treatment of abrasions related to the rape, police said.

        The woman had been taken from a Northern Kentucky nursing home to Deaconess on Friday for an evaluation of her medication, William A. Posey, attorney for the woman's family, said Tuesday. The woman told her daughters that she had been sexually assaulted in her hospital room, he said.

        The assault occurred sometime between Friday and Monday, police said.

        “She was quite upset. She said, "You've got to get me out of here,”' one of the woman's daughters said Tuesday.

        The woman's daughters described her as a frail woman who has polio that affects one arm.

        “There's no way she could defend herself from anyone,” one daughter said.

        Deaconess hospital officials said Tuesday they are cooperating with the police investigation.

        “We are naturally concerned by today's media reports about an incident alleged to have occurred at Deaconess Hospital,” officials said in a press release. “The heath and safety of our patients are our highest priority. We are investigating this reported incident internally, and are prepared to cooperate fully with the authorities.”

       



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